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Friday, July 11,2014

MO governor sides against family farmers and ranchers

by WLJ
According to Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President (MCA) Jim Mc- Cann, Governor Jay Nixon today made the decision to stand against family farmers and ranchers by vetoing bipartisan legislation H.B. 1326 and S.B. 506, which are known as farm bills.

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Friday, July 11,2014

High prices bring mixed emotions in the beef industry

by WLJ
The beef industry is experiencing a wide range of emotions at the current time. The level of excitement is obvious as cattle and beef prices have pushed even beyond record levels of earlier this year. Cattle prices are at values unimaginable just a few years ago.

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Friday, July 11,2014

'Out-of-sight' beef prices pose opportunity for those with grass

by WLJ
“‘Out of sight’ is a good term for the prices,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension Specialist in Livestock and Food Products Marketing. “And it doesn’t really matter whether we’re talking about retail prices to consumers, the wholesale beef market or at sale barns for calves and feeder steers.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Registration open for 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference

by WLJ
McCan said the event, hosted in Denver, CO, July 30-Aug. 2, gives cattlemen and women an opportunity to engage in NCBA’s grassroots policy process, as well as network with producers from across the country.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Texas beef producers approve Beef Checkoff program

by WLJ
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program, which was approved by a wide margin of 66.7 percent of voters. Overall, 33.3 percent of voters opposed the measure.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Unmanned aircraft offer ag potential

by WLJ
Farmers and crop scouts may find using unmanned aircraft outfitted with advanced imaging sensors beneficial in locating problem areas in fields, such as weeds, water stress, insect stress and crop stress, and in fact, it is expected agriculture will account for an 80 percent share of the emerging unmanned aircraft market, Woldt said.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Drones may become crop pest scout

by WLJ
Other new technology includes precision mapping of crop fields that can improve yields by localized treatment of field variability. Brent Myers, MU Corn Specialist, will show how field maps are made and loaded into cornplanter computers. Most farm equipment, from tractors to combines, has computers.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Black Ink

Above average?

by WLJ
Usually this involves numbers like weaning weights, pregnancy percentages or carcass values of progeny. Add them up and divide by the number of cows. Just that easily, you can compare each cow to the herd average. In turn, you can compare your herd to averages from a cooperative or from government statistics.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Considerations on the value of wheat straw

by WLJ
As wheat harvest continues, the question always comes up regarding the value of wheat straw sold out of the field. From a pure fertilizer standpoint, wheat straw contains very little in terms of phosphorus (P2O5), but moderate amounts of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K2O).

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Calf health in the shadow of drought

by WLJ
For any feedyard, fall is a challenging time. Calves coming in when weather is widely variable are always at risk of health problems, and drought conditions in recent years only magnified the issue. Though many areas have seen some relief, this summer has cattlemen wary of lingering effects and what else the coming season will bring.

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