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Friday, May 30,2014

Storing large round hay bales

by WLJ
The very dry spring many cattle states have experienced points toward short hay production this summer and expensive hay feeding next winter. As hay is being cut and put in large round bales, it is very important this year to reduce hay storage losses.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Is herd expansion underway?

by WLJ
The effects of many years of cattle herd liquidation and the inevitable decreases in beef production have become glaringly obvious in 2014. Cattle slaughter is down 6.3 percent leading to a 5.7 percent decrease in beef production so far this year.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Corn dwarfed by temperature dip suitable for growing in caves, mines

by WLJ
Cary Mitchell, Professor of Horticulture, said the technique could be particularly useful for growing transgenic crops to produce high value medicinal products such as antibodies for the budding plant-derived industrial and pharmaceutical compounds industry.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Livestock economist talks value of gain projections for feeder cattle

by WLJ
The current environment for the beef industry includes a limited supply of feeder cattle and stable consumer demand for beef, said Glynn Tonsor, Livestock Economist for Kansas State University (K-State). The environment is driving record high prices for cattle.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Direct marketing for producers of livestock

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“Direct marketing in essence removes the middle man from the marketing process,” said Shannon Sand, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. “It’s an alternative that beginning livestock producers should consider because it markets their product directly to potential customers.

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Friday, May 30,2014

When grass seed heads appear, hay quality drops

by WLJ
So far, it’s a bad hay year for Missouri. Cool weather, lack of sun and dry soil slowed grass growth. Dry matter per acre is about one-third of what one should expect this time of year, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension Forage Agronomist.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Restoring pastures is focus of O.D. Butler Forage Field Day

by WLJ
The annual field day is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and in coordination with the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association. Supporting counties include Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson and Washington.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Equine specialist warns of heat-related illnesses

by WLJ
“There are several things a person can do to prevent their horse from developing heatstroke, or hyperthermia,” said Jason Turner, New Mexico State University’s Extension Equine Specialist. “The most important things are to prepare your horse for a heat stress environment and to be aware of your horse’s body temperature while in that environment.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Drought-tolerant alfalfa variety created to meet NM growers' needs

by WLJ
“A lot of alfalfa varieties do well under normal irrigation practices, but once water is withheld, they don’t do so well,” said Flynn, Agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. “This variety offers the promise of production in a climate where production may not have been possible before.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Letters to the editor

Open letter regarding Battle Mountain BLM investigation

by WLJ
My husband, Dan, and I have three grazing allotments in the Battle Mountain district, North Buffalo, Copper Canyon and Argenta. Last May, 2013, Badger Ranch was issued a Full Force and Effect (FFE) decision closing the North Buffalo and Copper Canyon Allotments to livestock grazing for the remainder of the drought and one growing season.

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