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Friday, June 27,2014

El Nino/La Nina can help forecast crop yields

by WLJ
Lupo says a weak La Niña played a role in the devastating drought of 2012. That summer was marked by high temperatures and sparse rain. As is typical for La Niña years, the rains that did come tended to be brief, heavy downpours, dropping lots of water so quickly that much of the rain was lost as runoff.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Crops taking a hit with unstable weather patterns

by WLJ
In Wisconsin, 21 percent of the state’s corn crop is in fair or poor condition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported, and there were less than two days that were suitable for field work across Wisconsin during the week of June 16. Strong wind and hail accompanying the storms damaged crops in a number of Wisconsin’s counties.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Frogs join the ESA fray

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Sage-grouse and desert lizards aren’t the only creatures on the brink of listing that have inspired landowners to roll up their sleeves. In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of listing a small frog has locals putting their heads together to preserve private land rights and help the amphibian.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Court ruling limits EPA's power

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 ruling that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of so-called greenhouse gases to the largest sources of emissions, curbing its ability to impose restrictions on smaller operations such as farms and ranches.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Maximize crop profits through better management

by WLJ
Crop producers have experienced record-high prices for their commodities the past few years—so how are some of these producers still losing money? Although weather and, specifically, drought conditions can play a role in crop and profit loss, management also plays a major role in profitability.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Storage of vaccines can affect efficacy

by WLJ
Respiratory disease in cattle, also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia, may cost the U.S. cattle industry more than $2 billion annually. Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Turkey Creek Ranch receives 2014 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award

by WLJ
The Turkey Creek Ranch owned and operated by Gary and Georgia Walker received the 2014 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award this last week during the 2014 Protein Producer Summit. The Pueblo-based ranch consists of approximately 65,000 deeded acres, managed for both wildlife and livestock.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Farmland prices: Paying for a trophy or an investment?

by DTN
When Farmers National Co. sold another 80-acre Sioux County, IA, farm for $20,300 per acre this month, observers chalked it up as another trophy sale. The buyer won’t necessarily expect a competitive return on investment anytime soon, but did acquire a prized possession.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Control flies, minimize resistance to insecticides

by WLJ
While flies seldom cause mortality problems in beef cattle, they frequently cause stress and discomfort to cattle through the summer months. Fly control is an important economic management decision that needs to be made with concern of potential insecticide resistance problems.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Blaine Lotz takes title at auctioneer championship

by WLJ
Lotz’s parents met while his mother was selling cattle, and his father was buying them. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry.

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