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Friday, August 28,2009

Grasshoppers can transmit vesicular stomatitis

by WLJ
Rangeland plants may be harboring a virus that grasshoppers are transmitting to cattle, horses and other hoofed mammals, according to a published research study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. A recent outbreak of vesicular stomatitis virus (VS) in the southwest United States has disrupted rodeos and prompted quarantines.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Whats an acre worth?

by DTN
It is taken on faith that this years farmland rental rateswhich hit $500 per acre in a few cases in Illinoisreflect last years economy at least, if not the past couple of years. Landlords nearly everywhere set higher rental rates this year because 2008s crop income was so good.

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Friday, August 28,2009

USDA seeking applicants for dairy task force

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that, as part of USDAs continuing efforts to listen to and respond to the needs of producers in the dairy industry, he is moving forward on establishing the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Dehorning calves can have a tremendous effect on value

by WLJ
It may seem like one of the simpler management processes, but it still gets overlooked. Angus cattle, for instance, are naturally polledand breeding cattle to Angus bulls is an easy way to remove horns naturally without the stress of using mechanical means.

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Friday, August 28,2009

California convention center buys its own cattle herd

by WLJ
ARAMARK at the Anaheim Convention Center recently purchased a herd of cattle from Hearst Ranch, the nations largest single source supplier of free-range, all-natural, grass-fed and grass-finished beef.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Annual Colorado Hay Directory available now

by WLJ
Categorized by region, each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed-free status and identifies organic hay. The Colorado Hay Directory.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Corn silage, barley excellent feeds for growing calves

by WLJ
Many North Dakota cornfields probably will not mature this year, resulting in an opportunity to harvest significant amounts of silage for animal feed, according to a North Dakota State University (NDSU) livestock expert.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Despite rain, conditions in Texas continue to deteriorate

by WLJ
Rain in the last couple of weeks has lessened the stress on some crops and allowed many agricultural producers to take a second or even third cutting of hay, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. However, the drought isnt over yet.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Grazing studies value limited without human factor

by WLJ
Although 60 years of studies comparing grazing systems show no difference in biomass and animal production, the value of human management is excluded from those studies, said a rangeland research specialist.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Fertilizer manufacturers worried that climate change bill will hurt industry

by Chris Clayton - DTN
While Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack maintains there is a positive outlook for fertilizer prices under climate legislation, the Fertilizer Institute is upset that Vilsack wont listen to their view that the bill could hurt the domestic fertilizer industry.

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