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The Angus Journal Daily, formerly the Angus e-List, is a compilation of Angus industry news; information about hot topics in the beef industry; and updates about upcoming shows, sales and events. Click here to subscribe.

News Update

January 19, 2018

Angus Media Announces
Launch of Angus Sales TV

In today’s world, videography is taking over media platforms at an ever-increasing rate. Now more than ever, filmed promotional materials allow a farm or ranch to connect with their audience in a more engaging and productive way. Angus Media is excited to announce the launch of its new video addition to sale catalogs, Angus Sales TV. Take your promotional dollars further with the addition of videography to your sale book and much more.

Angus Sales TV is a portfolio of video services ranging from video shoots, editing, posting and promotion. Now, as prospective customers flip through your online sale book, they can simply click on an image of an offering, and the lot’s video launches instantaneously.

“In 2017, Angus Media online sale catalogs received more than 38 million views,” said Angus Productions Inc. President Rick Cozzitorto. “By adding videos with your sale catalog on the Angus Media website, you will be on a site with the most page views in the agricultural industry, exposing your program to the largest audience possible. With Angus Media, the possibilities for your cattle marketing options are endless.”

Continue reading this Angus news release online.

Corn Comments

In the last few years, feedstuff costs have been positive for livestock producer margins. Now that essentially the final 2017 crop production numbers are posted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and we are several months into the 2017-2018 crop-marketing year, let’s look ahead.

There are two drivers of corn acreage that U.S. farmers intend to plant in 2018. One is rotational considerations, which impact agronomic practices (e.g., herbicide decisions) and yield per acre (continuous corn typically dampens yield prospects compared to rotations of crops). The other driver is price relationships. In the Corn Belt states, the price ratio of soybeans to corn will impact planting intentions. Last fall, based on the above two factors, many market analysts expected U.S. corn acreage planted in 2018 to be above 2017’s. However, more recent soybean vs. corn prices and expectations in that relationship for the next few months have caused many analysts to look for little, if any, year-over-year increase in corn acres planted. Some expect a decline.

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Reed Canary Concern

Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea L.) and its many subtypes are common introduced and native grasses in South Dakota that are often associated with wetland edges, saturated soils, and occasionally moist to dry slopes extending out from wet or saturated soils. While considered a valuable forage species in some reports — with qualities such as good crude protein, high digestibility, drought and flood tolerance, high yield, erosion control and cool-season growth — reed canary is also often considered undesirable as a forage or habitat plant. In many cases, it outcompetes other vegetation and thus is utilized accordingly.

This article addresses a little-known but interesting aspect of the biology of reed canary grass. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reports reed canary grass as a naturally occurring species in North America, Europe and Asia, and both wild and naturalized varieties, along with active breeding programs, have resulted in specific cultivars of the plant for forage and landscapes.

For the most part, prussic acid issues with reed canary grass are poorly understood and may go unrecognized if they occur.

Read the full Angus Journal article online.

Programs on Fencing Law Set

University of Missouri (MU) Extension will offer a one-night program on Missouri’s fence laws 6:30-9 p.m. on Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 at locations throughout the state.

“This is one of MU Extension’s most popular programs,” said Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist. Koenen has presented programs on Missouri fencing law for more than 25 years.

Koenen and other extension specialists will offer insight into fence maintenance for row crop, livestock and small-acreage owners. The program helps landowners and renters understand their legal and financial responsibilities. Koenen will give updates on a Missouri fence law that went into effect in 2016.

Missouri’s fencing laws are complex, Koenen says. The state has a general fence law and 19 counties have a local fence law. “It is important for property owners and renters to understand the unique standards of each,” he says.

Extension specialists are present at each of the program sites. Attendees can ask questions or make comments from each location through Skype or Zoom.

Contact Koenen at or 660-947-2705 for more information.

For more information please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events.

Jan. 29 Texas Ag Forum to Feature Farm Bill Discussions

Agricultural policy and political considerations for the new farm bill will highlight the Jan. 29 Texas Ag Forum at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin.

The forum, scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., will feature experts from all major commodities providing both policy and market outlook projections.

“For more than 30 years, the Texas Ag Forum has provided policy and market outlook for Texas agricultural producers and commodity leaders providing informative analysis,” said Joe Outlaw, Texas Ag Forum secretary and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, College Station. “Several major policy issues will be at the forefront of discussion in Austin as the next farm bill is debated.”

For more information please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events.


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