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Friday, July 11,2014

Texas beef producers approve Beef Checkoff program

by WLJ
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program, which was approved by a wide margin of 66.7 percent of voters. Overall, 33.3 percent of voters opposed the measure.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Unmanned aircraft offer ag potential

by WLJ
Farmers and crop scouts may find using unmanned aircraft outfitted with advanced imaging sensors beneficial in locating problem areas in fields, such as weeds, water stress, insect stress and crop stress, and in fact, it is expected agriculture will account for an 80 percent share of the emerging unmanned aircraft market, Woldt said.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Drones may become crop pest scout

by WLJ
Other new technology includes precision mapping of crop fields that can improve yields by localized treatment of field variability. Brent Myers, MU Corn Specialist, will show how field maps are made and loaded into cornplanter computers. Most farm equipment, from tractors to combines, has computers.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Clean Water Act proposal has muddied the waters

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Thursday, July 10, EPA Region 4 held a press conference call to discuss an all-day meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in Atlanta to discuss the proposed rule that is supposed to clarify Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Obama to 'act alone' on immigration reform

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move additional resources to the border to protect the area.

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Monday, July 7,2014

DOI requests horse lawsuit be dismissed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation filed the suit, claiming that overpopulation of horses was a symptom of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) negligence to follow the Wild Horse and Burro Act, resulting in damage to the range, wildlife and wild horses.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Extreme weather takes heavy toll

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Extremely adverse weather has lashed the Upper Midwest in recent weeks, unleashing tornadoes, heavy hail, unusual cold and flooding on states such as Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio just as farmers are itching to get their tractors into fields and crops planted.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Considerations on the value of wheat straw

by WLJ
As wheat harvest continues, the question always comes up regarding the value of wheat straw sold out of the field. From a pure fertilizer standpoint, wheat straw contains very little in terms of phosphorus (P2O5), but moderate amounts of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K2O).

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Calf health in the shadow of drought

by WLJ
For any feedyard, fall is a challenging time. Calves coming in when weather is widely variable are always at risk of health problems, and drought conditions in recent years only magnified the issue. Though many areas have seen some relief, this summer has cattlemen wary of lingering effects and what else the coming season will bring.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Cattle numbers are tight across North America

by WLJ
USDA will release the July Cattle report in about a month which will provide a mid-year estimate of feeder supplies, though no yearover-year comparisons will be possible since the report was canceled last year. U.S. feeder supplies will likely be down again with a 2014 U.

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