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Friday, March 28,2014

Let the plants do it; managing for high corn yields

by WLJ
corn growers know the importance of understanding what a crop needs to reach its maximum genetic yield potential. Here are some recommendations: • Start with a thorough analysis of the soil to determine the potential of a crop reaching its full genetic yield.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Maintaining manure's nutrients a challenge

by WLJ
One of manure’s challenges is maintaining its nutrients in the rootzone and available for crop uptake. Nitrogen (N) is the least stable of the major crop nutrients and therefore, after it is field applied, manure’s N is the most difficult nutrient to maintain within the crop rootzone.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Current high beef prices make great time to own cattle

by WLJ
One thing making economics brighter for cattle producers is a change in the price of corn, a major feed for market cattle. “Corn at $4.50 per bushel looks better than corn at $7.50. Recall, we didn’t think $4.50 corn looked so good on the way up.”.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Checkoff support highest in 21 years

by WLJ
As a beef producer, I’m proud to be a part of an industry that takes care of its own and is flush with individuals who go that extra mile to do their part.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Forage growers advised to scout fields as plants break dormancy after harsh winter

by WLJ
Forages growing in areas affected by below-zero temperatures during periods of no snow cover are the most at risk for damage because snow serves as insulation for the plants and protects them from bitter cold. Low-lying parts of fields where snow accumulated and then iced over also are at risk for loss from suffocation.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Affordable Care Act deadline March 31

by WLJ
“This doesn’t mean you must sign up for a plan through the federal or a state health insurance exchange,” Johnson said. “If you are already covered under a workplace plan, Medicare, Medicaid, or a private policy that meets the law’s requirements, you do not need to do anything.

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Friday, March 21,2014

New tool for livestock feed problems

by WLJ
The Livestock Food Reporting portal will accept reports about foods made for species considered to be livestock, including but not limited to, horses, cattle, swine, poultry and fish. FDA encourages anyone with concerns about animal feed to file a report, including veterinarians and livestock producers.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Steps to improve cow herd efficiency

by WLJ
Bob Weaber, Beef Breeding, Genetics and Cow/calf Specialist for Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension, said feed efficiency is converting pounds of feed resources, whether that is a concentrated diet in a feedlot or a diet of range and pasture forage, into pounds of calf gain.

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Friday, March 21,2014

How current issues affect feed efficiency

by WLJ
Bob Weaber, beef breeding, genetics and cow/calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said producers should consider separating their breeding decisions by selecting bulls to keep replacement females out of versus the bulls they are targeting for calves to go to the marketplace.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Social media: the global language

by WLJ
It didn’t take long for the social media phenomenon to sweep around the world, and while it is a global tool, it has local applications, making it ideal for an organization like the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF) that supports U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports around the world, but tailors the message to each individual market.

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