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Friday, October 17,2014

Harvesting, drying and storing late-maturing and high-moisture corn

by WLJ
Corn reaching maturity about Oct. 1 will normally dry slowly in the field due to cooler outside temperatures. Standing corn in the field may dry about 1.5 to 3 percentage points per week during October and 1 to 1.5 per week or less during November, assuming normal Upper Midwest weather conditions.

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Friday, October 17,2014

U.S. STB action needed for transparency on rail shipments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers, farmers and elevator operators, along with a number of politicians, are optimistic that an improved reporting system for railroads will at least allow agricultural shippers to see whether they’re getting the same kind of service as oil, coal and other industries.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Ranchers ride east to Washington, D.C.

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Back in the days of the old West, the Pony Express saw fleet-footed horses and their daring riders charging west through hostile territory to get mail through to its destinations. Now the ponies are pointed east and aimed to charge into hostile territory to deliver a petition to the government.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Senators join last minute push to keep COOL

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
September came and went, with no final announcement on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute held up at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While there has been some speculation among stakeholders and a preliminary document shared with the governments involved, the final decision has yet to be announced.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Scarcity creates land opportunities

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
With the recession diminishing in the memories of the country, and people dissatisfied with waiting any longer to invest, the land market in the intermountain region has decidedly picked up. There is optimism and buyer interest with some looking to invest and others looking to expand.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Second verse, same as the first

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The second week of October looked an awful lot like the first week in terms of the cattle markets. Cash was slow to start with expectations putting it at higher money, futures continued upwards, feeders sold for more money, and the beef complex gained some ground while still leaving packers in the red.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Less doesn't mean none

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Case in point: I spoke with Katie Fite, Biodiversity Director at Western Watersheds Project (WWP), while working on my sage grouse ruling story for last week’s paper.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Guest Opinion

Sage grouse program established in MT

by WLJ
Last month, Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. The program has been in the works for some time with several Montana groups having the opportunity to provide input on maintaining state management of the sage grouse species and its habitat in the state of Montana.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Pasture Management

Itīs true that healthy land equals healthy food equals healthy people

by Wayne Burleson
Recently, I spent some time in Africa as a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) volunteer on two farmer-to-farmer assignments, each about three weeks in length. One was in Malawi and the other took me across the central plains of Mozambique.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Ranching Woman of the Year nominations needed

by WLJ
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Montana Ranching Woman of the Year. The annual award is presented to an MSGA member who has made great contributions to the Montana ranching community and has gone above and beyond to support her family and friends.

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