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Friday, September 26,2014

Feedstuff inventory: quality and quantity

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“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.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Silage price decisions

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“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.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Study solves the mystery of bluetongue livestock disease

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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.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Re-breeding open cows for fall calves

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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.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

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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.

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Friday, September 19,2014

California groundwater bills signed by Gov. Brown

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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.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Get more out of corn silage

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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).

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Friday, September 19,2014

EPA seeks feedback

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“We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Water management under limited irrigation

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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.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Guest Opinion

Local leadership important for ag’s future

by WLJ
Agriculture faces many challenges, and strong, effective leadership has never been more critical to the future of agriculture than it is today. In order to meet the nutritional demands of an ever-increasing global population, we must find solutions to the problems that limit our capacity for producing and transporting food.

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