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Friday, February 20,2015

NMSU ag student is sparking online conversations about agriculture

by WLJ
Lauren Schlothauer, even in high school as an active member of Future Farmers of America, had clear goals.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Community rallies behind family after young rancher's death

by WLJ
On the day a Jordan-area rancher died, friends started a Web-based fundraiser to help the wife and seven daughters he left behind. By Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people had donated over $54,000 to the family of Owen Murnion, who died Thursday, Feb.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Keep stored grain cool and dry as temperatures rise

by WLJ
Each 10 degrees the grain temperature increases reduces the allowable storage time by about half, according to Ken Hellevang, also a Professor in NDSU’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Catching up with the bulls of the Midland Bull Test

by WLJ
The second intermediate weights were completed and the bulls are in the final stretch of their 120-day test. Listed below are the leaders of the pack so far. Bulls are tested for economically relevant traits important to the commercial producer, such as gain efficiency, weight per day average, etc.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Groundwater limiting factor to corn silage quality

by WLJ
That was the goal of a 2014 study led by Dr. Wenwei Xu, AgriLife Research corn breeder in Lubbock, and Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research irrigation engineer in Amarillo, and contributed to by Texas Tech University graduate students Karl Brauer and Traci Bland, which showed the biggest factor in corn silage quality was water.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Research shows soybean yield losses are caused by weather variations

by WLJ
Researchers have determined that precipitation and temperature variations over the past 20 years have suppressed the U.S. average soybean yield gain—how much it improves every year—by around 30 percent, contributing to an industry loss of $11 billion nationwide.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Did You Know

The War on Fat reconsidered

by WLJ
Yet we still see daily limits on dietary fat, as though all fat is the same. What is the truth? Well, the answer and what you did not know about fat grams is best addressed by Dr. Stephen Smith, Texas A&M University Meat Biologist, who has spent most of his career studying the subject.

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Friday, February 13,2015

USDA sets 256 natural disaster areas due to drought

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously designated natural disaster areas in 256 counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah due to drought conditions in 2015.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Artificial insemination increases value, profits

by WLJ
Calf prices have steadily increased for several years. Since spring 2014, replacement female prices have remained at record levels as well. It is only reasonable that bull prices would follow the trend. This has led many producers to explore options to owning enough bulls to cover their cows in a defined breeding season.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Agricultural producer's income tax filing deadline is March 2

by WLJ
• The 179 expense election for 2014 is $500,000. Generally, the 179 expense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollarfor-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2 million.

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