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Friday, July 25,2014

Bills anyone? Agricultural legislation to watch

by WLJ
Rep. Steve Sutherland (R- FL2) has introduced a bill seeking to strike down the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and its attending Interpretive Rule. House Bill 5078 would bar the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing either of the two contentious water rules.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Adding forage options with summer annuals

by WLJ
The most common warm season annuals planted in the Northern Plains are the hay millets, pearl millet, sudangrass and sorghumsudan hybrids, and forage sorghums. “Each of these crops has advantages and disadvantages, depending on the environmental con ditions and the planned usage,” Rusche said.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Record cattle prices create opportunities to increase profit margins

by WLJ
Record cattle prices are creating opportunities for producers to increase revenue and several of these strategies will be discussed at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Discovery could mean better soybean

by WLJ
Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern United States.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Conservation compliance changes

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026).

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Friday, July 25,2014

South Texas study results show Brahman receive higher premiums

by WLJ
“The research here shows the value of crossbreeds in this region,” said Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension Economist in Corpus Christi. “The increase in the number of calves a rancher could expect from his or her breeding stock due to Brahman influence certainly increases profit potential for the herd.

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Friday, July 25,2014

RoundUp rat study, take two

by WLJ
French researcher Gilles- Eric SÚralini published his now-infamous RoundUp rat study back in late 2012. The study looked at the toxicity of “Roundup Ready” corn and the pesticide which gives it its casual name. It found that consuming the corn and/or the pesticide individually increased tumor growth and organ failure.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Celebrating Checkoff accomplishments

by WLJ
Producer support for the Beef Checkoff is 78 percent— its highest in 21 years—according to the latest producer attitude survey. And if you’re wondering why support is so high, I think it’s because of a number of things we have helped bring to fruition through our Beef Checkoff.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Beef continues to set record prices

by WLJ
The number of cattle slaughtered is 5.7 percent lower than last year. Plain says the drop in cow and heifer slaughter has tightened up the beef supply, driving up prices. With high feeder cattle prices and good pastures, producers are now looking to increase the breeding herd, which eventually will bring prices down.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Wet hay may cause a barn fire

by WLJ
This season has been a problem because the number of days between rain has not been adequate, in many cases, to allow cut forage to dry to a safe moisture level when stored as hay, Keith Johnson said. Farmers that rushed to bale hay without using a preservative when moisture content was greater than 20 percent are at risk.

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