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Friday, July 29,2011

Flaws found in government study

by WLJ
An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Bay Model and the model authored by the Agriculture Department.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Drought decision aid for ranchers now available

by WLJ
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Oklahoma State University have developed a decision aid to help cattle producers make culling decisions due to extreme drought.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Higher energy prices hitting farmers bottom line

by WLJ
These are encouraging times for the U.S. farm economy, said AFBF Chief Economist Bob Young. Higher prices for corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans are helping farmers, but higher energy prices are impacting profit margins.

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Friday, July 29,2011

If there is a drawback to fall calving, it is summer weaning. Calves are under enough stress as it is. Add summer heat and humid

by DTN
John Harrison agrees weaning and heat are a good way of doubling your problems. The Cairo, GA, producer schedules for an October through December calving season, but that means he weans in June and July. And it doesnt help that cattle are designed without a good radiator.

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Friday, July 29,2011

USCA and NFU to hold meetings on checkoffs future

by WLJ
The U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) last week released a joint letter from USCA and National Farmers Union (NFU) to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack indicating the two groups will host a national discussion of the beef checkoff and the programs future.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Modified distillers grains, glycerin in finishing diets reduce oxidation in meat

by DTN
Research has shown that adding distillers grains to livestock diets can cause quicker oxidation or brownish discoloration of meat.

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Friday, July 29,2011

California governor signs bill to preserve Williamson Act

by WLJ
After months of uncertainty, a bill signed by Gov. Brown last week reinstates a revised Williamson Act program intended to preserve the states landmark farmland-conservation law.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Stockpiling of fescue pasture vital for winter use

by WLJ
Beef producers who attended a recent series of pasture management meetings in southern Iowa learned of the importance of timely and careful stockpiling of fescue pastures.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Best practices for emergency haying, CRP grazing

by WLJ
If producers havent cut their hay yet, I would encourage them to do so soon. Harvest date is the most important management decision affecting hay production. Timing affects production, quality, composition, amount of regrowth, and subsequent plant vigor, Fick said.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Projected corn ending stocks less than expected

by DTN
The July USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports put corn ending stocks below trade expectations, allowing the corn market to recover from recent losses.

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