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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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Friday, March 28,2014

Below normal temperatures are expected to persist

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While farmers across the Midwest are getting geared up for spring planting, Mother Nature seems to be up to her typical bi-polar weather patterns, with excessive moisture in some areas, and a return of the Dust Bowl in others. According to the calendar, spring officially started Mar.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Politics, weather boost wheat prices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Wheat Association, strong export demand supported markets, including a soft red winter (SRW) cargo purchase by Egypt. Worries about how political tensions in the Black Sea region might disrupt grain shipments helped push futures even higher, the association said.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Placements surprise, exceed estimates by 5 percent

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
There were some definite surprises in the most recent Cattle on Feed report, released Friday, Mar. 21. Onfeed numbers were higher than expected and placements were much higher than expected. These realities paint a picture of the unique marketing situation facing the cattle world today.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Tax Q&A: how to defeat new 3.8 percent investment tax

by DTN
For higher-income individuals, a 1031 exchange may be particularly beneficial, as they will be able to duck the 5 percent increase in the capital gain rate, and will also avoid the new 3.8 percent net investment income tax.

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