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Friday, October 24,2014

Replace winter hay with corn-based feedstuffs

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“Corn and corn-derived feeds such as distiller’s grains and silage are much lower in price compared to recent history. Hay and roughage costs are lower as well, but on a percentage basis the price decline has not been as dramatic as compared to corn prices,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Help farmers cope with stress

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“Farmers deal with everyday tasks of money management, decisionmaking and equipment maintenance,” Van Ginkel said. “Worry over large debt loads, government regulations, pest outbreaks, animal disease, negative publicity, rapid change within the industry and lack of control over the weather add stress and safety risks.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Obama 'not finished' naming monuments

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President Obama’s recent designation of a 350,000-acre national monument in southern California has many westerners wondering, “What’s next?” Since taking office, Obama has created or expanded 13 national monuments, primarily located in the West and totaling over 3 million acres.

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Friday, October 24,2014

West Coast bull sale recap

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It’s been widely documented that California is in the midst of the most severe drought on record in the state, and it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of the cow herd has exited the state over the past 12 months.

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Friday, October 17,2014

BQA, a point of pride

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At the Padlock Ranch, we strive to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, and the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program (BQA) helps us meet our goal of producing quality beef.

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Friday, October 17,2014

50 cattle shot in embattled Nevada

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As of Oct. 13, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture, ranchers affected over the past three years, businesses, and concerned citizens have continued to build a reward fund now totaling $8,850 for the arrest and an...

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Friday, October 17,2014

October rain equals stocker demand

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The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years. All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Mapping study to aid corn producers

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“The study found that ERU maps provided better representation of corn yield environments than soil maps did in 80 percent of the fields,” said Myers. ERU maps consider soil depth, texture, organic matter and water-holding capacity—all factors that affect crop production costs and yield.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Check weed control during harvest time

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“What are the weeds that are left in your crop? Do you know which weeds they are? Is there a weed that you do not know and how large is it? Does it look like the weed was not controlled at spraying time? Did you have an herbicide failure or is it a weed that your product does not control,” Johnson asked.

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Friday, October 17,2014

How much corn for ethanol industry?

by WLJ
Energy security, environmental benefits, and rural economic development are among the primary arguments in support of biofuels. A fourth— although not always highlighted—issue, has challenged agricultural economists and policymakers for decades. It is how to best manage supplies, given the havoc that overproduction and low prices cause.

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