As we near the one-year anniversary of winter storm Atlas, the ranching people and communities devastated by the storm would like to say “thank you” to everyone who rallied behind us and extended such kindness and generosity toward us over the course of the past year.
“Hay inventories for the upcoming winter feeding could fall a bit short in some areas across the state, while other areas have an abundant quantity, but may not have the quality,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist.
“Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment,” Rusche said.
The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the United States an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis.
He explained by pointing out that a 1,250-pound young cow has approximately the same current value as does a feeder calf suitable for backgrounding. “Using today’s cheaper feedstuffs and the existing bull battery, she could be exposed to breeding for a fall calf,” he said.
Patterson told Dent County beef producers how to improve calving success as heifers join the cow herd. Beef farmers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program have increased live births with calving-ease genetics. However, getting heifers pregnant takes long-term planning for nutrition and prebreeding exams.
Following up the story from last week—“CA groundwater bills could harm; not help”—California Governor Jerry Brown signed the trio of groundwater regulation bills early last week. Despite the governor and the authors claiming the bills will help make Californian communities “more resilient to water shortages,” California ag groups are concerned.
Other tips Hernandez shared included: • Maturity. Keep a close eye on corn maturity once it has dented. Corn can rapidly mature or dry down due to weather and moisture conditions. • Moisture Content. Moisture content can be estimated in chopped silage using the grab test method (Table 1).
Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many farmers and ranchers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface, and these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.