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Friday, February 20,2015

Community rallies behind family after young rancher's death

by WLJ
On the day a Jordan-area rancher died, friends started a Web-based fundraiser to help the wife and seven daughters he left behind. By Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people had donated over $54,000 to the family of Owen Murnion, who died Thursday, Feb.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Wind petition filed

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed its second petition since 2011 with the Department of the Interior in mid-February.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Keep stored grain cool and dry as temperatures rise

by WLJ
Each 10 degrees the grain temperature increases reduces the allowable storage time by about half, according to Ken Hellevang, also a Professor in NDSU’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Catching up with the bulls of the Midland Bull Test

by WLJ
The second intermediate weights were completed and the bulls are in the final stretch of their 120-day test. Listed below are the leaders of the pack so far. Bulls are tested for economically relevant traits important to the commercial producer, such as gain efficiency, weight per day average, etc.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Agricultural engine: Why soil is in the spotlight

by DTN
Farmers adopt practices such as conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops and crop rotation in attempts to limit and restore what is taken from this precious resource. Farmers utilize animal manures and put back additives such as gypsum and biologicals (humates, enzymes and organisms) in an effort to promote good health.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Groundwater limiting factor to corn silage quality

by WLJ
That was the goal of a 2014 study led by Dr. Wenwei Xu, AgriLife Research corn breeder in Lubbock, and Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research irrigation engineer in Amarillo, and contributed to by Texas Tech University graduate students Karl Brauer and Traci Bland, which showed the biggest factor in corn silage quality was water.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Research shows soybean yield losses are caused by weather variations

by WLJ
Researchers have determined that precipitation and temperature variations over the past 20 years have suppressed the U.S. average soybean yield gain—how much it improves every year—by around 30 percent, contributing to an industry loss of $11 billion nationwide.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Former GIPSA official told not to investigate COOL

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The former top enforcer of USDA’s livestock marketing rules wanted to investigate whether U.S. meatpackers were illegally discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock because of country-of-origin labeling six years ago, but advisers to the Agriculture Secretary told Dudley Butler not to pursue such a case.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Scientists engineer anti-drought spray, draft genome

by DTN
During a drought, plants release a stress hormone called abscisic acid (ABA), which binds to an important protein receptor. This binding prompts a series of life-saving measures in the plant that allow it to conserve water and halt plant growth until moisture arrives.

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Monday, February 16,2015

Checkoff MOU OKed at annual convention

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
This year’s Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show had a record-breaking attendance! More than 8,200 convention attendees and 360 exhibitors filled the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

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