Feed Update

DDG: Dairy, brewers have common cause

A U.S. Food Administration (FDA) proposal that would require distillers grains to be dried and packaged to ensure product safety will be reviewed, the agency assured dairy and brewery industry representatives. FULL STORY »

From our boardroom

Dairy Herd Management asked its Editorial Advisory Board members to identify a recent challenge they faced in their herd nutrition management program, and how they addressed it. FULL STORY »

What's an RCAU, and what does it have to do with forage supplies?

The monthly USDA Feed Outlook report not only provides estimates of available feed supplies, but frequently estimates U.S. roughage-consuming animal units (RCAU). It might be more than you needed to know, but USDA calculates RCAUs for all livestock that might consume roughages, assigning different factors for each species. FULL STORY »

2014 dairy forage situation off to better start in most areas

When it comes to forages, U.S. dairy producers are generally in better shape entering 2014 than they were a year ago, based on January USDA monthly and annual Crop Production reports, released Jan. 10. Going forward, a lot will depend on Mother Nature, and how much moisture she provides. FULL STORY »

Ag issues on agenda as China corn rejections roil market

The United States could raise the issue of China's recent rejection of several U.S. corn cargoes at trade talks this week, an official said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

U.S. on track for record corn production

It's going to be a huge corn harvest. According to the USDA on Nov. 8, total corn production will be 14.0 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the last forecast issued in September and up 30 percent from 2012. FULL STORY »

Corn prices pressured by both supply and demand factors

Corn prices continue the long retreat from the peak of September 2012, declining to the lowest level since late August 2010. FULL STORY »

Feed outlook brightens

Predictions of a record corn crop have improved prospects for feed supplies and prices for the 2013-2014 crop year, according to USDA's September Feed Outlook report released earlier this week. FULL STORY »

Different method led to shocking cut to U.S. corn forecast

Don't consider the 1.3 percent drop in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's corn harvest forecast a cut. That was the message from Lance Honig, chief of the crops branch of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, after the department sparked a rally in corn futures with a surprising reduction in its monthly outlook for the U.S. harvest. FULL STORY »

Crop quality sliding due to too much or too little moisture

There is probably no surprise, but Monday’s USDA “Crop Progress and Condition Report” reflected the lateness of the crop and increasing stress for both corn and soybeans. FULL STORY »

Corn conditions a tad better than last year

This year may be wetter than 2012 for some Corn Belt states, but that doesn’t mean corn conditions are much better. FULL STORY »

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