We are approaching the end of graze-out season for stocker calves on winter wheat. What are your options? What kind of price can you expect for feeder calves at the sale barn? Is there any profit in retaining ownership in 2021? [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 5/17/2021 – Retained Ownership Estimates for 2021
In April USDA released the Annual Livestock Slaughter summary. You’ve probably heard about chicken shortages popping up. We all experienced the impacts of low meat processing capacity last year at the onset of the pandemic. With all of these disruptions, how did total production pan out in 2020? [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 5/10/2021 – Review of Annual Livestock Slaughter Report
On January 19, 2021 the USDA published the final rule, “Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program”. The rule includes a valuable estimate of costs for those considering hemp production. For a review of the legal aspects of the final rule, check out this Texas Ag Law Blog post.
Easter is a popular holiday for lamb consumption around the United States. In addition to Easter, holidays like Passover and Ramadan are in progress or approaching fast. These holidays make mid spring through late spring an important time for sheep and goat markets. Don’t forget to check out AgriLife’s Small Ruminant Market Price Analysis Project.
Today, a review of my top posts from the first quarter of 2021 and a quarterly macroeconomic and agriculture economy update. [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 3/29/2021 – Quarterly Review
A full year in a pandemic. What did it mean for agriculture?
2021 is the first year in which producers will be able to choose ARC or PLC on an annual basis. Today, a tool that will help producers with the fast-approaching decision. [Read more…] about High Plains Ag Week 3/8/2021 – The ARC/PLC Choice
March 15 is the deadline for many crop insurance decisions. That means the time has come for producers of grazed wheat to make the decision; will gain or grain be the more profitable enterprise in 2021?
Today I’m wrapping my February series on the state of commodity markets for several Texas High Plains commodities. Today I’ll discuss the challenges facing the cattle market, and reasons for some optimism moving forward. You can see similar posts for the wheat, corn, sorghum, and cotton markets by visiting my earlier February posts. Next week we’ll visit the ‘gain vs. grain’ decision for winter wheat and that all-important March 15 decision.
Photo Credit: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet
Today I’m continuing my series on the state of commodity markets for several Texas High Plains commodities (as long as the power stays on). Today we wrap up the portion on crops with the state of the cotton market. The long and short is that cotton is doing as well as the rest of the crop complex, price-wise. You can see a similar post for the wheat, corn, and sorghum markets in my last two posts. Next week I’ll wrap up this series with a post on the state of the cattle market.