Monthly Archives: August 2017

Cotton Futures Continue to Climb, Corn Futures Topple

Cattle futures undid early losses to close largely unchanged, supported by technical factors and steady beef prices. Wholesale beef has inched higher this week, pausing several weeks of losses. That has traders betting the broader cattle-and-beef market could stabilize in

NC Broiler/Fryer Harvest Breaks 3.1 million Head

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 507 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 3.00 higher; and slaughter bulls had too few head to establish an adequate market. Broiler-Fryers: 

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Will Liberal Arts Rule?”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks if liberal arts will rule.  Mike, the so-called STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math – are frequently cited as the “go-to”

Texas Ag Commissioner Talks Flooding, Ag Challenges

  Texas is bracing itself for another round of heavy rain this week after Hurricane Harvey tore through the state. Early damage estimates from the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association are as high as $150 million, but will likely

Ethanol Can Help with the Gas Shortage

  The ethanol industry claims it can fill the shortage in the nation’s fuel supply in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, and impact on the nation’s oil refining capacity The Renewable Fuels Association is asking the Environmental

South Texas Cotton Crop We’ve all seen the pictures and stories on the news of the devastation in south Texas brought by Hurricane Harvey.  Harvey made landfall in one of the Lone Star state’s prime cotton growing and livestock areas,

Feeder Cattle Moving Through Auctions Higher

At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Siler City and Turnersburg a total of 1,743 cattle and 91 goats were sold.  Compared to the sales last week, slaughter cows were mixed; bulls were mostly steady to $6.00

Tropical System Predicted to Skim Carolina Coastlines

  All eyes have been on the south Texas coast the last few days, but it’s time to watch our own coast.  NC State Extension Corn Specialist, Dr. Ron Heiniger says producers aren’t overly concerned, but very watchful none the

Some South Carolina Dryland Crops Under Stress

  In the latest crop progress report for South Carolina, there were almost six days suitable for field work in the week ended August 27th, compared to five and a half the previous week. Kyle Daniel with Georgetown County reports

Cotton Futures Continue to Gain

Cattle futures turned lower on Tuesday, erasing an early-week rally as traders refocused on large supplies. A USDA report on Friday showed a slowdown in the rate of cattle placed in feedlots for fattening in July, suggesting that current large