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Top Farmer Conference 2020

January 10, 2020 (Pre-Conference Jan. 9) | West Lafayette, Indiana

A management programs geared specifically for farmers. Surrounded by farm management, farm policy, agricultural finance and marketing experts, and a group of your peers, the conference will stimulate your thinking about agriculture’s future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead.

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Cattle Feeders Place More Heifers on Feed

USDA’s October Cattle on Feed report, released on Friday, October 25th, indicated that the nation’s on feed inventory of 11.3 million head was about 1% smaller than a year ago, but still more than 4% larger than two years ago.

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Impact of Recent Changes in Corn and Fed Cattle Prices on Cattle Finishing Net Returns

This article discussed recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns. Average cattle finishing losses in the first six months of 2019 were $52 per head.

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The Economic Importance of U.S. Animal Agriculture

Today, farms are much more specialized in crops or animals, and many fewer are in both. Has this changed the relative economic importance of crop and animal agriculture in the U.S.?

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Beef Herd Expansion Near End?

From the low point in 2014, beef cow numbers have expanded by nine percent. Total cow numbers including dairy cows are up seven percent.

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Impact of Higher Corn Prices on Swine Finishing Feed Cost

Corn price futures for the December 2019 contract increased from $3.79 per bushel for the week ending May 10 to $4.55 for the week ending June 28. Even though corn futures prices weakened after the release of the June crop acreage repor.

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Impact of Higher Corn Prices On Feeding Cost of Gain for Cattle Finishing

Corn prices have increased since mid-May and are expected to be quite volatile for the rest of the year. Each $0.10 increase in corn price results in an increase in feeding cost of gain of $0.87 per cwt.

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Will Pork Producers Have a Profitable Year?

Pork production was up four percent in the first-half this year, but the market did not see about nine percent more hogs coming to market in June.

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Farm Management Tour 2019

In 2019, the Purdue Farm Management Tour visited Huntington & Wabash Counties, Indiana. This year’s Purdue Farm Management Tour information can be found at!

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How Hog Diseases Impact Supply, Demand and Profit

Hog prices and profits are way up right now. One of the primary reasons is a terrible disease known as African swine fever, which has been boosting prices since April.

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