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Friday, September 19,2014

Farmer corn bins, elevators full

by DTN
In a letter written by Tim Luken, Manager of Oahe Grain in Onida, SD, and presented at the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) recent rail hearing, Luken stated, “I have sold very little small grain into the market due to not knowing when I will be receiving cars to ship out in a timely manner.

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Friday, September 19,2014

AMI and co-plaintiffs seek rehearing in COOL appeal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Sept. 12, the American Meat Institute (AMI), as lead plaintiff, along with eight co-plaintiffs of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the ongoing litigation over COOL.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Tax Q&A: Cutting health benefits?

by DTN
If a small employer has been providing group coverage and the group premiums remain affordable for that employer, there is no reason to change. Further, the employer and employee continue to be free to negotiate any split of the premium costs.

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Friday, September 19,2014

California groundwater bills signed by Gov. Brown

by WLJ
Following up the story from last week—“CA groundwater bills could harm; not help”—California Governor Jerry Brown signed the trio of groundwater regulation bills early last week. Despite the governor and the authors claiming the bills will help make Californian communities “more resilient to water shortages,” California ag groups are concerned.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Get more out of corn silage

by WLJ
Other tips Hernandez shared included: • Maturity. Keep a close eye on corn maturity once it has dented. Corn can rapidly mature or dry down due to weather and moisture conditions. • Moisture Content. Moisture content can be estimated in chopped silage using the grab test method (Table 1).

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Friday, September 19,2014

$15.7 Million for conservation, soil health

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller announced the details of this year’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) award winners. This year sees 47 awardees being granted $15.7 million in grants, with over half of the projects focused on the theme of soil health.

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Friday, September 19,2014

EPA seeks feedback

by WLJ
“We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Sale barn history: old, new, full of nostalgia

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the cows coming home, the leaves changing and winter feedings just around the corner, the livestock auctions are gearing up for fall calf sales—the long-standing tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s.

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Friday, September 19,2014

'Shrink' and your bottom dollar

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In the beef production business, finding something “predictable” is kind of like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow…chances are slim. The weather is unpredictable. The markets are unpredictable. The government is unpredictable. Even the hired help can be unpredictable.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Water management under limited irrigation

by WLJ
Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many farmers and ranchers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface, and these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.

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