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Friday, January 24,2014

Women managing the farm

by WLJ
Women have always been an integral part of American agriculture but never more than today. The “Women Managing the Farm Conference,” Feb. 13-14 in Manhattan, KS, will provide educational and networking opportunities for women involved in key facets of the industry.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Right seeding rate can boost yield

by WLJ
Increasing seeding rates heightens competition for nutrients and water. Crowded plants with overlapping canopies even compete for sunlight. Plant stress may result in spindly plants with narrower and weaker stems. Stressed plants produce longer roots, more root dry matter and a higher root-to-shoot ratio.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Evolving equipment and sustainability together

by WLJ
Kevin Kirby uses a tractor to begin the sweet potato harvest process by plowing them up from the field on Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, VA, on Sep. 20, 2013. Kirby Farms is a third-generation family farm that covers 500 acres, and generates produce and grains on a year-around operation.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Winter weather cattle, horse management

by WLJ
Winter weather conditions have certainly hit with a vengeance this year, not only in South Dakota but in a wide swath of the cattle producing areas of the United States.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Check stored grain now

by WLJ
“Search for small changes that are indicators of potential problems,” advises Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Service Agricultural Engineer. “The early snow, cool fall and early cold winter temperatures made 2013 a challenging year for corn and sunflower harvest.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Reduce the risks associated with winter manure application

by WLJ
Any time commercial fertilizer or manure is broadcast onto farm fields, lawns or recreational turf, there is a small percentage of risk that the nutrients could be captured in precipitation runoff and eventually end up in a nearby ditch, stream or other surface water.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Bull's eye: targeting nutritional management of bulls

by WLJ
While many factors impact a successful breeding season and subsequent calf crop, nutritional management of bulls is a crucial part of a successful operation and it starts long before they are turned out with the cows.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Branded beef resonates with consumers

by WLJ
A nationwide study confirms that the premium quality of the Certified Angus Beef brand resonates with consumers. Seventy-five percent of those interviewed by Firebox Research & Strategy of Beachwood, OH, ranked the Certified Angus Beef brand logo as representing the highest quality Angus beef available.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Calving season—Time to evaluate udder soundness

by WLJ
For the beef cow, udder quality and soundness usually get lumped in a category called convenience traits, along with others including temperament and feed and leg soundness. While all of these traits have the potential for economic impact to a cow’s productivity, at calving time poor udder quality may translate to life and death of a newborn calf.

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Friday, January 24,2014

EPA proposes air standards for new woodstoves

by WLJ
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015.

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