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  • El Nino partially responsible for extra moisture
     The newly released NOAA 30- and 90-day climate outlooks continue to indicate wetter than average conditions are more likely for most of South Dakota through the summer. 
  • Devils Lake flooding continues to cause agricultural losses
    The current estimate of cropland that will be lost to the lake in 2015 is 133,888 acres, according to Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, and Bill Hodous, North Dakota State University Extension Service Ramsey County agent.
  • UNL breaks ground on new Veterinary Diagnostic Center
    The VDC, Nebraska’s only accredited veterinary diagnostic lab, improves animal health through diagnostics and disease surveillance, protecting the state’s livestock industry. 
  • Will feedlot expansion in the Upper Midwest continue?
    Looking forward, the question becomes in what region will these additional calves be fed? A change in feedlot capacity by region that began during the severe drought during the early 2010s, which triggered a shift in cattle to the north, appears to still be in underway.
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  •  South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares Trailer visits town hit by tornado
    The “Farm Bureau Cares Trailer”, a special trailer outfitted with a large custom-made grill, was taken to Delmont to grill hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on Friday, May 15, 2015. Eighteen South Dakota Farm Bureau members and staff traveled to Delmont, S.D. to serve meals to the town’s residents, the Red Cross, and tornado cleanup volunteers. 
  • There were 47,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Lake Region (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) during the reference week of April 12-18, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service -- Farm Labor Report. 
  • The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is holding three pasture walks in mid-June, giving cow-calf producers in northeast, east and south central parts of the state an opportunity to hear from experts on brush management and maximizing feeder calf value. 
  • The Tokach Angus Ranch Memorial Scholarship will be added to the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation’s scholarship offerings in 2015.  
  • The sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Pre-registration is required at  
  • Wheat sales were bearish and were listed at 7.4 mb (202,600 mt) with 2.7 mb (74,400 mt) for the 2014-2015 marketing year.  Wheat was 8-26 cents higher.  Corn was mostly 3-10 lower.  
  • In Valentine, NE on Thursday sold near 3000 head with a light test of 500-550 lb steers averaging 520 lbs sold with a weighted average price of 312.64, 131 head of fancy steers averaging 815 lbs sold with a weighted average price of 228.12 and near 200 head of their bigger brothers averaging 924 lbs sold with a weighted average price of 216.33. 
  • Compared to last week: Slaughter cattle trade remained mostly steady on a live basis but sold 2.00-4.00 lower on a dressed basis.   
  • Northeast/Central Nebraska Alfalfa: Good large squares 180.00-200.00; Good large rounds 90.00-110.00. Grass hay: Good large rounds 110.00-130.00. Small square bales of grass hay 175.00. Dehydrated alfalfa 17 percent protein pellets and meal 260.00. 
  •  Wheat had sharp gains on Thursday as wheat buyers responded to USDA’s estimate for China’s wheat crop at 125 mmt down from 130 mmt, with China’s total wheat usage increasing from 121.5 mmt to 129.5 mmt.   

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