I just saw the first fly of the year on my windowsill this weekend. So its time to start evaluating those pest management decisions. Today we provide an example analysis of pest management decisions from an article I wrote in 2020 published in Progressive Cattle.
There is a growth market for “program cattle” for weaned calves and feeder cattle produced and marketed under a specific production system. Today, we will discuss the potential benefits of implementing these programs in your operation, and the importance of using a partial budget to analyze how profitable can be on your ranch. [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 4/25/2022 – Program Cattle – Added Revenue vs Added Costs
The risk of being in another drought is increasing day after day. It is not too soon to prepare ourselves and dust off those drought plans even if there are still chances for rain and better moisture conditions. Today we will focus on those proactive and reactive strategies that we can implement on our ranches. [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 4/4/2022 – Dusting off our Drought Management Plans
Calf prices are up year over year. At the same time, forage availability is shrinking and grain prices are pressuring profits in the cattle feeding sector. What are the current forces to watch for in the beef cattle market and can retaining ownership increase profit potentials this year?
In addition to the other horrors generated by the war, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has destabilized commodity markets. Commodity prices incorporate a substantial risk premium due to the high chances of lower production, higher costs, and more supply chain disruptions. [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 3/7/2022 – Russian Invasion of Ukraine effects in our Operations
Building a profitable business is key to successfully ensuring an economically sustainable operation. Today Pancho Abello will review one of the best tools that ranchers have to improve profits and accurately analyze the production, financial, and economic performance of their operations.
Today we take a look at Texas A&M AgriLife Budgets in the Crop Profitability Analyzer. We’re a bit later in the week in order to highlight a new report out of AFPC focusing on fertilizer prices, which we’ll discuss along with changes in custom service rates, chemicals, and more.
Do black swans still count as black swans if there is an entire flock of them? That’s been the question for this dynamic year in agriculture. What were the economic topics that drew the most attention in 2021? What are some of the challenges we foresee in the upcoming year? Today, Pancho and I wrap the blog for 2021. We’ll also take a brief look and upcoming AgriLife resources and programs to look out for in the new year.
As we move into the holiday season, it’s important to not forget a few pending deadlines. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program application will be due at the end of January. Additionally, updates to ELAP may provide payments if producers were required to transport feed.
I’m a day late on posting this week. But Pancho Abello will tell us whether cattle will come up a dollar short this fall. Today, an overview of cattle prices and some forces impacting the cattle market. [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 11/2/2021 – Cattle Market Update