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Friday, October 17,2014

BQA, a point of pride

by WLJ
At the Padlock Ranch, we strive to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, and the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program (BQA) helps us meet our goal of producing quality beef.

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Friday, October 17,2014

50 cattle shot in embattled Nevada

by WLJ
As of Oct. 13, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture, ranchers affected over the past three years, businesses, and concerned citizens have continued to build a reward fund now totaling $8,850 for the arrest and an...

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Friday, October 17,2014

October rain equals stocker demand

by WLJ
The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years. All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Ebola guts food production in West Africa; impact very severe

by Chris Clayton - DTN
While the United States finds itself coming to grips with a handful of Ebola cases, agricultural ministers in West Africa say the virus is ripping through their countries not only through infection, but also further exacerbating hunger and wrecking any plans to revitalize the region’s farm production.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Dow Enlist Duo approved

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of Enlist Duo herbicide and currently will limit its release to six states, the agency announced last Wednesday. An agency official said the herbicide likely would become more widely available in the coming years.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Mapping study to aid corn producers

by WLJ
“The study found that ERU maps provided better representation of corn yield environments than soil maps did in 80 percent of the fields,” said Myers. ERU maps consider soil depth, texture, organic matter and water-holding capacity—all factors that affect crop production costs and yield.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Check weed control during harvest time

by WLJ
“What are the weeds that are left in your crop? Do you know which weeds they are? Is there a weed that you do not know and how large is it? Does it look like the weed was not controlled at spraying time? Did you have an herbicide failure or is it a weed that your product does not control,” Johnson asked.

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Friday, October 17,2014

How much corn for ethanol industry?

by WLJ
Energy security, environmental benefits, and rural economic development are among the primary arguments in support of biofuels. A fourth— although not always highlighted—issue, has challenged agricultural economists and policymakers for decades. It is how to best manage supplies, given the havoc that overproduction and low prices cause.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Post-patent puzzle: What happens when biotech goes generic?

by DTN
Twenty years have passed since Roundup Ready 1 soybeans were first deregulated, and the trait is coming off patent this year into a changed agricultural landscape.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Clarifying the new health premium tax credit

by DTN
Individuals who buy health insurance through an exchange furnish an estimate of their income, and the exchange then subsidizes their monthly insurance premium. The greater the estimated income, the lower the subsidy. After 1040 actual income is computed, the advance subsidy is adjusted up or down as an additional 1040 tax or refund.

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