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Title: DeSoto County beef newsletter
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Creator: DeSoto County Extension Office, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Affiliation: University of Florida -- Arcadia, Fla. -- Florida Cooperative Extension Service
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Publication Date: September 2007
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IFAS EXTENSION


DeSoto County

Beef Newsletter
2150 NE Roan Street, Arcadia, Fl 34266
September 2007 / Volume 29 Number 9
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October


Plan to attend the
DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau
Annual Meeting and the DeSoto
County Cattlemen's Association
Annual Fall Meeting in October


4* DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, DeSoto Middle School Cafeteria, 6:30 PM,
Arcadia, FL
4-5 2nd Annual Florida Deer and Turkey Short Course, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and
Education Center, Quincy, FL
8 South Florida Beef Forage Winter Supplementation Program, LaBelle, FL, 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

9 South Florida Beef Forage Winter Supplementation Program, Sebring, FL, 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

10-12 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Daytona Beach Hilton, Daytona Beach, FL

11 Pasture Weed Field Day, Ona Range Cattle Research Center, 8:30 AM 1:30 PM

16-18 Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, Moultrie, GA

19 33 Annual Florida Quail/Dove Short Course, Turner Center, Arcadia, FL, 7:30AM-5:00PM

25* DeSoto County Cattlemen's Association Annual Fall Meeting, Turner Center Exhibit Hall, 7:00
PM, Arcadia, FL.
26 Florida Society for Range Management Fall Field Day, Escape Ranch, Kenansville, FL

Corrected Meeting Dates
PASSING OF LYNN FUSSELL
On August 28, 2007, Lynn Fussell, Cattleman, Citrus Grower and Realtor passed away. Lynn was active as a director in
the DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau and was a member of the Cattlemen's Association and the Peace River Citrus
Growers Association. Lynn was a true friend to me and my family and he participated with our Extension Program in
many ways over the years. Our sincerest condolences go to the Fussell Family in their loss. Lynn will truly be missed by
the Agricultural Community of DeSoto County.
DESOTO COUNTY CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL FALL MEETING
The 2007 DeSoto County Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25,
2007, at the Turner Center Exhibit Hall. All members, along with their family, are invited to attend. Members are
asked to bring a covered dish. You may bring one guest to the steak dinner. Members bringing more than one guest
will be asked to pay $10.00 per each additional guest. Not only will you be able to enjoy an excellent steak dinner by
attending, you will also hear excellent information concerning beef cattle production and most of all, you will have a
great time socializing with your friends.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services
only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital
status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M.
University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.


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MARKET INFORMATION

August 30, 2007


8/25/07
5 AREA WEEKLY WEIGHTED CATTLE PRICE
Live Steer 92.61
Live Heifer 92.76
Dressed Steer 145.19
Dressed Heifer 145.46
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Last Week Last Year


90.25
90.25
142.15
142.28


87.54
87.64
137.17
137.75


8/25/07 Last Week Last Year
BEEF PRODUCTION (Estimate) (Estimate) (Actual)
Slaughter 683,000 667,000 690,000
Live Weights 1277 1275 1280
Dressed Weights 785 784 786
Beef Production (M. of Pounds) 534.7 521.0 540.0
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8/10/07


Last Week Last Year


National Grading Percent
Prime 2.15% 2.14%
Choice 53.35% 53.40%
Select 35.23% 36.29%
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Choice/Select Spread

08/27/07

$6.40/cwt
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Kansas Combined Auction (Dodge City, Pratt, & Salina)
Weekly Weighted Average 500-600 Lb. Steer Prices
145
140 -
135
130
125
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The summary below reflects the week ending August 24, 2007 for Medium and Large 1 -- 500- to 550-lb., 600- to
650-lb., and 700- to 750-lb. heifers and steers. Source: Beef Stocker Trends, August 28, 2007. lb


Calf Weight


500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs. 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs.


TX 119,800 $117.03 I$112.38 I$113.89 $112.41 $106.61 I$108.43

AL 16,200 $111-118 $107-113 $101-103 $103-110 $98-105 $93-97


TN 13,100 $112.13 $107.96 $102.98 $102.87 $99.59


$91.82


FL 8,800 $95-117 $90-110 $94-106 $94-105 $90-102 $86-90


GA 9,400

CORN:


$99-116 IS99-113 IS90-106 IS90-107 IS90-105 IS87-94


Kansas City US No 2 rail White Corn was 15 to 16 cents higher from 3.91-3.95 per bushel. Kansas City US No 2 truck
Yellow Corn was 16 cents higher at 3.38 per bushel. Omaha US No 2 truck Yellow Corn was 21 to 26 cents higher from
3.29-3.35 per bushel. Chicago US No 2 Yellow Corn was 23 to 26 cents higher from 3.25 /4 -3.48 /4 per bushel.
Toledo US No 2 rail Yellow corn was 23 cents higher from 3.50 %-3.55 % per bushel. Minneapolis US No 2 Yellow
Corn rail was 23 cents higher at 3.10 % per bushel.
Source: USDA Weekly National Grain Market Review, Friday August 24, 2007,
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/SJ_GR851.txt

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only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital
status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M.
University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.


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FAWN-DESOTO COUNTY ANNUAL RAINFALL-2007 http://desoto.ifas.ufl.edul
1sT COLUMN IS 2007--2 COLUMN IS 2006--3R COLUMN IS 2005.
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC Total
1.93" 2.09" 0.81" 2.80" 2.28" 5.04" 5.42" 5.57" 25.94"
0.32" 3.26" 0.97" 0.14" 2.07" 2.71" 5.84" 9.30" 4.15" 1.36" 0.81" 2.13" 33.06"
9.71" 8.73" 5.86" 4.03" 8.78" 3.78" 0.11" NA
Currently we are 1.33" ahead of last year.
FAWN-DESOTO COUNTY HIGH & LOW TEMPERATURES AT THE EXTENSION
OFFICE-FIRST COLUMN IS THE HIGH & 2ND COLUMN IS THE LOW
86.60 86.50 86.30 90.50 89.00 97.50 95.40 97.10 0 0 0
33.30 32.60 39.50 43.90 53.00 63.20 69.30 69.80 0 0 0 0
FEEDYARD PLACEMENTS DOWN SHARPLY
USDA's monthly Cattle on Feed report, released last Friday, lists U.S. feedyard inventories as of Aug. 1 at 10.3 million
head, down 5 percent from the same date last year. Placements into feedyards during July, at 1.62 million head, dropped
17 percent from those of July 2006. Most of the decline in placements was in the lighter weight categories, following a
trend that has been in place for several months. Feedyards marketed more cattle than they placed during July, at 2
million head. That total was 3 percent above that of July 2006, but the daily average was down about 2 percent, with
more slaughter days in July this year. -Drovers Alert, Thursday, August 23, 2007 Vol. 9, Issue 34.

Beef Management Calendar

I September/October
Cut Hay. Check dustbags, oilers, etc.
Heavily graze pastures to be interplanted to ryegrass. rCheck pastures and hay fields for armyworms.

Check mineral feeder. IRevaccinate calves at weaning for blackleg.

Wean calves and cull Cow Herd. Pregnancy check cows.
September and October is a good time to deworm the cow Determine bull replacement needs, develop selection
herd if internal parasites are a problem. criteria, and start checking availability of quality
1 animals.
Watch condition of the cow herd and maintain adequate Pregnancy test and cull open heifers from replacement
nutrition. herd.
U.S. AG EXPORTS STRONG THROUGH MIDYEAR
Trade in U.S. agricultural products is strong in 2007, and it appears likely that strength will continue as the year
progresses, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Data for sales through the first half of 2007 and
contract indications for the rest of the year suggest that the United States is setting yet another agricultural export
record in 2007 for the fifth year in a row and for 32 consecutive quarters on a year-over-year basis, according to the
AFBF report. Given the pace of business to date, 2007 exports are likely to top $80 billion, compared to $70.9 billion in
2006 and only $53 billion as recently as 2002. -Drovers Alert, Thursday, August 23, 2007 Vol. 9, Issue 34.
ONA WEED FIELD DAY
Are you battling tropical soda apple or climbing fern? Do you have questions concerning forage tolerance to
herbicides? How do you remove vaseygrass and bahiagrass from bermudagrass or stargrass pastures? Is there
anything new for smutgrass? What herbicides are available for pasture weed control? What is that weed?
These are all questions we ask. On October 11, 2007 plan to go to the Weed Field Day for the answers to these questions.
Cost is $10 if pre-registered by September 28th. On site registration is $30. A lunch will be provided. We are currently
applying for CEU and CCA credits. Those needing such credits will be asked to sign in when arriving at Ona and sign
out at the end of the program. Please contact Toni Wood at (863)735-1314 or email her at flstroll(frufl.edu.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services
only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital
status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M.
University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.







FEEDYARD PLACEMENTS DOWN SHARPLY
USDA's monthly Cattle on Feed report, released last Friday, lists U.S. feedyard inventories as of Aug. 1 at 10.3 million
head, down 5 percent from the same date last year. Placements into feedyards during July, at 1.62 million head, dropped
17 percent from those of July 2006. Most of the decline in placements was in the lighter weight categories, following a
trend that has been in place for several months. Feedyards marketed more cattle than they placed during July, at 2
million head. That total was 3 percent above that of July 2006, but the daily average was down about 2 percent, with
more slaughter days in July this year. -Drovers Alert, Thursday, August 23, 2007 Vol. 9, Issue 34.
FALL ARMYWORMS: IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!!
The fall armyworm is native to the tropical regions of the western hemisphere from the United States to Argentina. It
normally over-winters successfully in the United States only in southern Florida and southern Texas. The fall
armyworm is a strong flier, and disperses long distances (a single moth may fly 300 miles) annually during the summer
months. The life cycle is completed in about 30 days during the summer, but 60 days in the spring and autumn, and 80
to 90 days during the winter. The number of generations occurring in an area varies with the appearance of the
dispersing adults. The number of generations is reported to be one to two in Kansas, three in South Carolina, and four
in Louisiana. In coastal areas of north Florida, moths are abundant from April to December, but some are found even
during the winter months. The number of eggs per mass varies considerably but is often 100 to 200, and total egg
production per female averages about 1500 with a maximum of over 2000. The eggs are sometimes deposited in layers,
but most eggs are spread over a single layer attached to foliage. The female also deposits a layer of grayish scales
between the eggs and over the egg mass, imparting a furry or moldy appearance. Duration of the egg stage is only two to
three days during the summer months. There usually are six in-stars (growth stages of the worm) in fall armyworms.
Young larvae are greenish with a black head, the head turning orangish in the second in-star. In the second, but
particularly the third in-star, the dorsal surface of the body becomes brownish, and lateral white lines begin to form. In
the fourth to the sixth instars the head is reddish brown, mottled with white, and the brownish body bears white sub-
dorsal and lateral lines. Elevated spots occur dorsally on the body; they are usually dark in color, and bear spines. The
face of the mature larva is also marked with a white inverted "Y" and the skin of the larva is rough or granular in
texture when examined closely. Duration of the larval stage tends to be about 14 days during the summer and 30 days
during cool weather.








As you can see, color can vary for both the worm and the moth. The inverted Y is distinctive and is your best ID tool!
FLORIDA SOCIETY FOR RANGE MANAGEMENT FALL FIELD DAY
The Florida Society for Range Management will have their annual Fall Field Day on October 26, 2007. The Escape
Ranch, located in Kenansville, FL will be the host for this event. Topics included will be prescribed fire, roller chopping,
supplemental feeding, predation management, a bird dog demonstration and more. The entire Field Day will be geared
toward quail management, but will be presented in a context of proper management of flatwoods and dry prairie
habitats.
OBTAINING YOUR COPY OF THIS NEWSLETTER
The monthly Beef Newsletter is available to you several ways. We mail out hard copies to about 315 individuals. We
also provide it electronically (sent by e-mail) to about 43 individuals. It is also published in a PDF file on the DeSoto
Extension Website (http://desoto.ifas.ufl.edu/). Some individuals on our mailing list have indicated that they prefer to
receive just the electronic version e-mailed to them. By doing this, they are helping us save printing and postage costs.
If you would prefer your copy to be delivered to you electronically instead of the hard copy, please send me an e-mail
and we will convert you to the electronic form. If you prefer to receive both or just the hard copy mailed, we can also do
that. My e-mail address is iimselph(fufl.edu or contact the office at 993-4846.

UNIVERSITY of
SFLORIDA James F. Selph
The Foundation for The Gator Nation DeSoto County Extension Director, IV, Livestock & Forages
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University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.







Agenda
Presiding: Jim Selph
7:30 Trade Show Opens
7:45 Registration & Coffee
8:00 Welcome & Introductions:
Jim Selph & Bill Giuliano
Bobwhite Quail Ecology,
Management, & Issues
8:05 Bobwhite Basics: Dr. Bill Giuliano-
Professor and Extension Specialist
8:30 Identifying Important Native Quail
Plants: Kristen Candelora-Natural
Resources Extension Agent
8:55 Food Plots and Supplemental Feeding
for Quail: Robert Hoffman & Brandon
Schad, UF/IFAS
9:20 BMPs for Pen-raised Birds: Fred
Fanizi, Quail Creek Plantation,
Okeechobee, FL
9:45 Break (Trade Show)
10:00 Dove Facts: Kurt Hodges, FL Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission


iviourning uove iLogIgy,
Management, & Issues
10:25 Dove Fields: Jim Selph-DeSoto County
Extension Director
10:50 Dove Harvest and Hunting: Nick
Wiley-Director of Hunting and Game
Management, FWC
11:15 Q&A with Speakers
12:00 Lunch (Trade Show Open)
1:00 Field/Site Visit and Meeting with
Managers and Speakers at Longino
Ranch:
The interaction of cows and quail
on native forage/habitat: Cliff
Coddington
Identifying important plants for
quail & dove: Kristi Candelora &
George Tanner
Landscapes for Quail: Bill Giuliano
& Jim Selph
Food plots and feeding programs for
quail: Brandon Schad, Jim Selph, &
Cliff Coddington
Predator management: Bill Giuliano
Dove fields: Jim Selph, Cliff
Coddington, Nick Wiley, and Kurt
Hodges


Corporate Sponsors



f LONGINO
RANCH
HANCOCK FARM
& SEED CO., INC.
0 WALMART OF
ARCADIA
Diamond R
Fertilizer
*Al o Inc.
Cooperators

UF/IFAS Dept. of Wildlife
Ecology & Conservation
South Florida Beef Forage
Program
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

Each Paid Participant is eligible for
Door Prizes with the Grand Door
Prize being a Mossberg Over &
Under Silver Reserve Shotgun
donated by Wal-mart and the
South Florida Beef/Forage
Program


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-
discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service,
University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.






I I SOLUTIONS
'or your LIFE


This program is designed to
educate landowners, managers,
and hunters on the ecology and
management of Quail and Dove
in Florida. The science-based
information will be presented in
layperson terms and will come
from a variety of sources
including landowners, the
hunting industry, academia,
NGOs, and natural resource
agencies.
Participating Agents and
Specialists
Jim Selph/Kristen Candelora
DeSoto County: 863-993-4846
Dr. Bill Giuliano
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department:
352-846-0575
Robert Halman
Collier County: 239-353-4244
Lockie Gary
Hardee County: 863-773-2164
Sonja Crawford/Glenn Schaibly
Hendry County: 863-674-4092
Lindsey Fielder
Highlands County: 863-402-6540
Brent Broaddus
Hillsborough County: 813-744-5519
Christine Kelly-Begazo
Indian River County:772-770-5031
Christa Carlson
Manatee County: 941-722-4524
Pat Hogue/Pat Miller
Okeechobee County: 863-763-6469
Bridgett Carlisle
Polk County: 863-519-8677
Other Sponsors


Advanced Registration: $50.00

Late Registration Postmarked after 10/5/07: $75.00

Make Payment to: South Florida Beef
Forage Program
Mail Registration and Payment to:
DeSoto County Extension, PO Box 310,
Arcadia, Florida, 34266
Website Information:
http://desoto.ifas.ufl.edu/Agricultural/wildlife
and conservation.html



For information, including registration,
contact:
Dr. Bill Giuliano, UF/IFAS Department of
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, 352-
846-0575 or
Jim Selph, DeSoto County Extension
Director, 863-993-4846.


Registration Form
Name:

Address:

City:

Phone #:

E-Mail:

Number Attending:

Payment Amount:
$


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Quail & Dove

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Turner Civic-Center
Arcadia, FI
October 19, 2007


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discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service,
University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.




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