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Monday, March 31,2014

Oklahoma attorney general sues FWS

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
According to the lawsuit, FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by agreeing to a settlement with New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians that led to a consent decree requiring the agency to determine the listing status of 250 other species by Sept. 30, 2015, essentially sidestepping the rulemaking process.

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Monday, March 31,2014

Cash and live futures rally strong mid-week

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It is such an alien thing to report these days, but cash fed cattle trade was wrapping up Wednesday last week, with the prices paid surprising even bullish analysts. Live cattle went for $150-154, with most volume in the $152-154 area—up $4 in the Southern Plains and steady to up $1 in the Corn Belt—and $242-245 dressed.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Wild about wildlife

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We all love to see wildlife, unless it’s in the grill of our vehicles. A good healthy wildlife population means that we have a solid ecosystem at work. Conservation efforts in most regions of the country have been highly successful, restoring populations of many CROW.

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Friday, March 28,2014

What a Chef wants

RingSide with legendary steaks

by WLJ
For the past 70 years, beef has undoubtedly been the driver at this legendary eatery in the Pacific Northwest, along with its elder sister, RingSide Uptown. And despite his vast culinary knowledge and cooking ability, Turke knows that starting with a high quality product is paramount to the restaurant’s success.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Beef Talk

Do the cows fit the operation?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One needs to plan, implement, evaluate and replan to stay in touch. That was the essence of the integrated resource management program that was very successful with the help of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the cooperative efforts of the land-grant universities across the U.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Early registration encouraged for FSA programs

by WLJ
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia recommends farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Total numbers on litigation fees not adding up in GAO report

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While the Center for Biological Diversity was quick to jump on the report with another misleading press release claiming that House Republicans have imagined the “calamity-inducing threat to the National Forest system,” GAO did confess in its report that all the numbers were not all accounted for.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Hold cows off pasture until grass reaches a minimum of four inches

by WLJ
Extreme variations in temperature made winterkill worse. There would be 60 degrees one day. Three days later it would fall below zero again. “The plant would react to the springlike temperatures—and then get zapped. The cure for weak stands is rest and regrowth to restore depleted sugar reserves.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Let the plants do it; managing for high corn yields

by WLJ
corn growers know the importance of understanding what a crop needs to reach its maximum genetic yield potential. Here are some recommendations: • Start with a thorough analysis of the soil to determine the potential of a crop reaching its full genetic yield.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Maintaining manure's nutrients a challenge

by WLJ
One of manure’s challenges is maintaining its nutrients in the rootzone and available for crop uptake. Nitrogen (N) is the least stable of the major crop nutrients and therefore, after it is field applied, manure’s N is the most difficult nutrient to maintain within the crop rootzone.

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