Drought/dry conditions expanding

In many parts of the state we continue to be dry. Producers in those regions need to develop alternative plans in the event rain doesn’t come soon. The important element is to put trigger dates or conditions on when you will implement those management changes.

Kevin Ganoe, Field Crop Specialist for CCE Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team provides good information. Go to “Checking the Back Forty” to read his comments.

For additional information on dry weather go HERE.

Feeder auction results Empire-Cherry Creek

Compared to the last report, Number 1 Feeder Bulls sold steady on a light test. Other Feeder Cattle not tested. Replacement Cattle not tested. Report includes monthly Feeder Special Sale. Demand was moderate. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (17% Steers, 2% Dairy Steers, 43% Heifers, 38% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 27%.

Full report.

Additional NYS cattle auction prices can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions#NewYork.

(Funds to support the NYS Market News program come from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets project “Stocker cattle: Using underutilized grasslands to improve economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.”).

 

Livestock Update – June 19, 2020

Cull cows and finished steers decline, while bull calves relatively steady.

The beef packing industry continues to operate at 98% capacity compared to this time in 2019. Finished steer weights are 826 lb, 2.6% higher than last year, with total beef production down 3.8%. According to Dr. Derrell Peel, OK State Livestock Marketing Specialist “Weekly beef production is likely to exceed year earlier levels for the third quarter and perhaps for the balance of the year. Third quarter beef production is forecast to be nearly 6 percent higher year over year. Annual beef production for 2020 is forecast to be slightly higher year over year and a new record level at 27.3 billion pounds.” With increased production, consumer demand is key to supporting prices or at least keeping the decline moderate. Restaurants are slowly opening and this will help drive demand. It’s interesting for me to see how restaurants have been innovative in seating with outside tents and special meal options meant to be eaten at a park or home. Diners may still be hesitant to eat inside even if available.

For complete price information go to Livestock Update June-19-2020.

NYS Livestock Report – June 11, 2020

Feeder prices up compared to last year. Finished steers showing seasonal decline and cull cow prices on hold.

The beef packing industry is now estimated to be at 98% capacity compared to last year. No one had predicted such a rapid increase in slaughter rate. According to the Daily Livestock Report (6/16/20) total meat protein supplies are now 1.2% higher than last year. With increased supplies the beef cutout has declined to near year ago levels. This will incentivize retailers to purchase more and feature beef to move product. The lower prices are also attracting global markets thus increasing exports.

Full report

Are you kidding me?! A wet winter and spring followed by drought?

We all know that NY weather can change on a dime. We went from being excessively wet to a situation now that could be the precursor to a drought. The three month forecast for precipitation indicates a wetter than normal summer, but it’s important to think about the possibility of drought and plan for it.

For recommendations for pasture and cattle during a drought go here.

Additional resources can be found here.

Feeder and replacement cattle auction results – Empire Bath, June 13.

Compared to the last report, Number 1 Feeder Steers sold 5.00-10.00 higher; Number 1-2 Feeder Steers sold steady; Number 2 Feeder Steers not tested. Dairy Feeder Steers sold 15.00 lower on a light test. Number 1 Feeder Heifers sold 5.00-10.00 higher; Number 1-2 Feeder Heifers sold 10.00 lower; Number 2 Feeder Heifers under 600 lbs sold 7.00-10.00 higher on a light test, over 600 lbs sold 2.00-5.00 lower on a light test. Feeder Bulls sold steady on a light test. Replacement Cattle not tested. Demand was moderate.

Full report.

Additional NYS cattle auction prices can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/feeder-and-replacement-cattle-auctions#NewYork.

(Funds to support the NYS Market News program come from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets project “Stocker cattle: Using underutilized grasslands to improve economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.”).

Important – get your CFAP application in ASAP

From:

Dr. Andrew M. Novaković, PhD
The E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics Emeritus
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

“USDA is beginning to release payments made under the Direct Payments component of CFAP. The sign-up period closes on 28 August. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would wait that long, insofar as payments are made based on Q1 production or inventories. Nevertheless, this has some implications for payments. Because this program is based on “discretionary” funding, i.e., it has a specific budget, USDA decided to pay out 80% of the approved benefit and withhold the final payment based on how much of the total budget is left. Obviously, if there isn’t enough money left to pay out 100% of the approved benefit, then each applicant’s actual benefit would be based on a pro-rated share of the remaining funds.”

For more information on the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program go to, farmers.gov/cfap and https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/livestock.

Farm Service Agency to Host Webinars on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The USDA Farm Service Agency will host a series of webinars to discuss what producers should know to sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA is making available $16 billion in financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.

In addition to hearing from CFAP National Program Specialists, webinar participants will also learn more about the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process for submitting additional commodities for consideration to USDA for CFAP eligibility.

Thursday, June 11, 3 p.m. EDT Dairy and Non-Specialty Crop Producers

Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m. EDT Non-Specialty Crop and Livestock Producers

Thursday, June 18, 3 p.m. EDT FSA Programs in the Times of Coronavirus In addition to CFAP, this webinar will discuss FSA programs with producer flexibilities during COVID-19 and also a review of targeted funding for beginning and other underserved farmers and ranchers in other programs. All webinars will be recorded and can be viewed at farmers.gov/cfap.

Learn more and register for the webinar of your choice.