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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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Thursday, July 3,2014

How to maintain open cattle yards

by WLJ
The performance and cost of gain to background or finish cattle depends in large part on the quality of their feeding environment; as little as 4-8 inches of mud can reduce performance and feed efficiency by about 13 percent, said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Clean Water Act rule clarity sought

by Todd Neeley - DTN
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

'Top Ten' list of food-borne parasites released

by WLJ
As a first step in tackling the problem, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are initially focusing on the 10 food borne parasites with the greatest global impact.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Ground beef under greater scrutiny for Salmonella

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the original May documents on the increased inspection, as well as FSIS instructions for inspectors released mid-June, the data collected from the salmonella surveillance will “allow FSIS to gather baseline data to determine the...

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Parasites by continent

by WLJ
Classified biologically as protozoa and helminths (but better known as tapeworms, flatworms and roundworms), it is difficult to know how widespread parasites are globally because in many countries it is not compulsory to notify public health authorities of their presence.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Poison hemlock is a manageable menace

by WLJ
Legleiter said there are a few ways to identify poison hemlock and distinguish it from two other plants it closely resembles: Queen Anne’s lace and wild carrot. Poison hemlock can be spotted by its finely divided, triangle-shaped leaves and small, white flowers that grow in an umbrella shape and don’t bloom until the weed’s second year of growth.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

New interpretation of ESA phrase ruffles feathers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At the end of June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a final notice of interpretation regarding the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The interpretation is the result of a process that began back in 2011, and in its own words, it will be the final ruling on the matter and “legally binding.

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