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Friday, March 29,2013

Dry, cold western Midwest spring

by DTN
The word “extreme” is getting a workout regarding spring 2013 vs. spring 2012. A year ago, record-high temperatures and dry soils had corn growers running planters by mid-March. There’s a sharp contrast in 2013: Daytime temperatures running 20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal have made March seem like a displaced version of January.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Transport of fecal bacteria to fields unaffected by corn, WDGS diets

by DTN
Manure applied to fields from cows fed corn or dried distillers grains with solubles did not affect the transport of fecal indicator bacteria, according to research conducted by Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit in Lincoln, NE.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Chilton seeks alternatives to rule

by DTN
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton wants to make sure customers are protected if another futures commission merchant fails, but he also wants to address industry concerns about the expense of a CFTC-proposed rule on customer protections.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Oil, ethanol industries square off to preserve or drop RFS

by DTN
The study found that continued implementation of RFS from now to the year 2022 would include an $800 billion decrease in U.S.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Controlled Substances Act causing trouble for large animal vets

by DTN
It all started in California. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began contacting veterinarians, whose practices were at least in part mobile, to tell them they could not legally transport controlled substances off their clinic/ home premises. To do so, DEA notified these veteri narians,.

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Friday, March 8,2013

CME announces new trading hours

by DTN
The new hours will be Sunday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. On Mondays through Fridays, there will be a break in electronic trading from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Trade will continue from 8:30 to 1:15 p.m. The change affects CBOT grains and KCBT wheat, and pending CFTC approval, the new hours will begin on April 8.

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Friday, March 8,2013

DDG, beet pulp, wheat straw good mix for late gestation beef cows

by DTN
The idea for the experiments came from the shortage of hay in the Nebraska Panhandle after the winter of 2011, which was only exacerbated by last year’s drought. With beef producers searching for alternatives to high-priced alfalfa, the researchers knew that wet byproducts mixed with wheat straw made a good fit.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Forage production will take more attention in 2013

by DTN
Many regions’ pastures and rangelands are seeing dry soils as well as disappointing forecasts with little moisture predicted. These dry field conditions have led to weak plants in pastures, according to Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist..

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Friday, March 1,2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture defends weather models

by DTN
“I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it comes down to weather in June and July,” USDA ag meteorologist Brad Rippey said when attendees questioned USDA’s optimistic yield forecast. “History shows that even in the wake of the drought of 1988, it seems to be late spring and summer weather that determines the outcome for row crops.

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Friday, March 1,2013

A true sequestration nightmare

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If Congress fails to head off the approaching sequestration cuts and USDA is forced to furlough meat inspectors, John Harrington’s “Plan B” suggestion is to use members of Congress—such as Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner—as substitute meat inspectors.

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