Showing posts from March, 2015

Winter Feeding & the Cow Calf Operation

Winter Feeding & the Cow Calf Operation
Dan Shike, Beef Specialist - University of Illinois Winter nutrition for the cow calf operation is key. Todd Gleason reports from Urbana, Illinois it may be the best opportunity to positively affect real income. This was the message heard during the annual…
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2:16 tv short-cg This was the message heard during the annual Beef & Beyond conference. It was clear and concise. The winter feeding program at a cow calf operation separates profitable farms from less profitable operations. It depends a lot on stored feed says University of Illinois Beef Cattle Specialist Dan Shike.Shike :12 …what’s the least cost approach.Quote Summary - How much stored feed are they having to purchase and what is their winter feeding program. We would like to graze as many days as we can, but if we can’t graze we have to feed them something. What’s the least cost approach.Least cost o…

The Final Days of the USDA Report Data

The Final Days of the USDA Report Data
Mark Schleusener, Illinois State Statistician - USDA NASSTuesday the Department of Agriculture will release one of its most anticipated reports of the year. It began collecting data from farmers at the beginning of this month. Todd Gleason tells the story on how the crop acreage data is compiled, encrypted and transferred to Washington, D.C.USDA contacts more than 80,000 farmers across the…
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2:53 radio self contained USDA contacts more than 80,000 farmers across the United States in March. It asks them a series of questions. One in the series is about which crops and how many acres of each they expect to plant this season. The agency sends all those farmers a letter to do this. Those not responding get a phone call, and then if they still don’t respond receive a face-to-face visit. The collection was completed Wednesday March 18th. Last Friday the Illinois and Missouri National Agricultural Statistics Service staffs, if the …

How USDA NASS Counts Acres

How USDA NASS Counts Acres
Mark Schleusener, Illinois State Statistician - USDA NASS USDA has just wrapped up its survey of more than 80,000 U.S. farmers. Todd Gleason reports how the agency uses the information to develop the March 31st acreage forecast.In the spring USDA’s National Agricultural…
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3:16 radio self containedIn the spring USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service division contacts farmers in hopes of learning how much of each crop they expect to plant. The agency contacts farmers across the United States. Corn and soybean farmers are of particular interest. This year more than 4000 Kansas farmers were tapped, along with around 3700 in Nebraska and about 3000 in each of the Dakotas, Iowa, and Illinois. Another 2000 farmers each were contacted in Indiana and Ohio. Schleusener :06 …so we use what’s called a stratified sample Quote Summary - Our goal is to make sure we are measuring small, medium, and large farms. So, we use what’s called a strat…

Cold Weather Maintenance Diets for Dairy Calves

Cold Weather Maintenance Diets for Dairy Calves
Phil Cardoso, Dairy Specialist - University of IllinoisFeeding a heifer dairy calf properly during cold weather can mean up to 1500 extra pounds of milk during her first lactation period. Todd Gleason has more on the increased cold weather maintenance diet that results in such a gain. You can get more milk from a cow if you treat it right…
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2:02 raidio self contained You can get more milk from a cow if you treat it right as a calf says University of Illinois Dairy Specialist Phil Cardoso. This is especially the case if those calves are fed a proper maintenance diet during periods of cooler (not necessarily cold) weather when they are very young.Cardoso :32 ….some energy to him himself.Quote Summary - The maintenance diet supplies all the energy needed for the development of the immune system, for growth, and for the calf to live. There is a thermal neutral zone in which the calves nutritional needs are flat, outside…

Pork's Boom & Bust Price Cycle

Pork’s Boom & Bust Price Pattern
Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension Ag Economist Markets can take your breath away and the hog market over the past year has left many breathless says one Purdue University ag economist. Todd Gleason has more… A year-ago in March, the new PED virus…
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A year-ago in March, the new PED virus was the talk of the trade. Baby pig death losses of nearly 100 percent were the reality for some herds. The disease was not well understood and was spreading rapidly. There was trade talk, says a Purdue University ag economist, that death losses were so high it could account for 20 percent of 2014 pork production. It was a fearful and unguided time says Chris Hurt. Hurt :23 …live price reaching $100 per hundredweight.Unfortunately, in the early stages the pork industry had no way of measuring the national baby pig death losses. Fear set in among some pork buyers-“What if bacon was not available to put on…