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Read new forecasts and indicators involving beef cattle and feed markets. Find out what factors are affecting prices.

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Except for a brief retreat in early October, corn, soybean, and wheat prices were in a steady uptrend from June 30 through Nov. 9. December 2010 corn futures increased about 70 percent, while January 2011 soybean futures and July 2011 wheat futures increased about 50 percent.

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BRYAN, Texas – A Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist has forecasted continued strength in cattle prices heading into 2011, but has warned to keep a watchful eye on the corn supply.

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feedlot_regErratic volatility plagued commercial cattle markets during the month of October in direct relation to the roller coaster ride that grain markets have been experiencing since mid-September when full swing harvest began moving through the Corn Belt. Typically, corn and soybean prices are under pressure during harvest but this year’s disappointing yields and low global stocks have caused grain markets to be ultra-sensitive to the slightest crop report, rumor, or innuendo.

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meat_regularAugust was a solid month for U.S. beef exports, easily outpacing the results of August 2009 and increasing its gains over the cumulative totals from the first eight months of 2009.

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Although Mexico is still the No. 1 destination for U.S. beef exports, it is the only major market trailing last year's results, according to the U.S Meat Export Federation (USMEF), a contractor of the beef checkoff.

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corn_regularAs expected, September brought bearish pressure on feeder cattle markets with increased supplies of spring-born calves, but this year the arrival of fall was grizzlier than normal with corn prices surging. Early corn harvest yields and silage tonnage have been disappointing and fears that this year’s crop may fall well short of expectations had already surfaced before the USDA began significantly lowering their estimates on the Supply and Demand report issued Sept. 10.

 

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