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Wheat Pasture Budgets Look Scary for This Fall- in a Good Way

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 7:32:46 CDT

Wheat Pasture Budgets Look Scary for This Fall- in a Good Way

Scary Good! That's the description offered by Oklahoma State University Ag Economist Dr. Derrell Peel as he talks to us about the early budgets that are being run on grazing light cattle on wheat pasture this fall. Significant profits are coming from the early computations that look at prices of calves going onto the pasture and the expected price of yearlings next spring when the calves would exit the wheat pasture and head for a feedlot.

Dr. Peel cautions it is too early to nail down all of these numbers, and adds it all hinges on good planting weather to allow a lot of acres of wheat to be planted by the latter part of September in order to get the forage to make the calculations work.

The potential profits seem to be there for the taking by those doing a wheat pasture operation on cattle they buy- or for that matter- for those mama cow operators who elect to retain ownership of their calves and graze them on winter wheat as we head into the winter.

A major key to making all of this work- not overpaying for the calves that you end up putting on pasture this fall. Peel says the profit found in this enterprise is quickly sucked out if the calves you place onto the wheat pasture are too expensive.

We discuss this calculation with Derrell Peel on today's Beef Buzz.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today. Just click on the Beef Buzz button found on the left hand side of any page on this website.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Derrell Peel of OSU about running calves on wheat pasture this fall.
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