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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Randy Taylor, Ag Machinery Extension Specialist in Oklahoma reports that at the recent Ag Technology Field Days in Oklahoma, the question was raised regarding interference with GPS by a proposed 4G cellular network. LightSquared was granted a conditional waiver by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to
use frequencies near the L-band GPS frequencies.

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Last Friday the USDA released the cattle inventories and the survey results generally came in at or above pre-report estimates. Monday’s CME Daily Livestock Report indicated that in the short term the report could be construed as somewhat bearish for cattle prices, the report also confirmed that US cattle supplies will continue to decline in the next two to three years, paving the way to even higher beef prices.

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With 235 counties under burn bans (the most ever) and temperatures reaching record highs, fire experts are calling this one of the worst fire seasons in Texas history. According to the Texas Forest Service, six of the 10 largest fires ever recorded in Texas have occurred this year, scorching more than 4,000 miles of ranch fences – more miles than needed to fence the entire perimeter of Texas. As ranchers begin to rebuild their lives, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is encouraging them to apply for assistance available through the STAR Fund.

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ISU Agronomist Brain Lange from NE Iowa reports the storm Monday morning apparently had straight line winds of up to 120 mph in a swath of 20 miles or so wide and traveled from south of Ames up through Tama, Benton, Linn, and Jones counties and into Dubuque county. There is likely over 100,000 acres of corn that is flattened, in addition to thousands of trees snapped off, grain bins blown
over, and farm buildings destroyed. 

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Dr. Ted McCollum notes that asthe drought continues and temperatures remain above normal, cattle water becomes of greater concern. We have recent reports of cattle deaths in or around watering points suggesting death associated with water consumption.

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It appears that the federal tax credit for ethanol blenders and the tariff on imported ethanol will end on July 31 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif.) announced that she had reached an agreement with Senators Klobuchar (D, Minn.) and Thune (R, SD) to
end these two facets of the federal biofuels policy.

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U.S. and Mexican officials signed agreements yesterday that apparently have resolved the long-standing dispute over Mexican trucks operating within the U.S. The agreement means that Mexico will remove half of the retaliatory tariffs it had imposed last year with 10 days. The remainderof the tariffs would be removed, according to the Department of Transportation, within “a few months.” U.S. pork
was one of the items on that retaliatory tariff list.

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