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SEK poultry litter program announced
The Kansas Department of Agriculture – Division of Conservation has announced a program for landowners using poultry litter as part of their fertilizer program in a 10-county targeted area for poultry litter.
Poultry litter initiative for Labette County
The Labette County Conservation District is pleased to announce a program for landowners who use poultry litter as part of their fertilizer program.
Moist hay, hot temperatures mix for combustion and destruction
It might sound strange, but with no apparent ignition source, hay bales can burst into flames and cause much damage to storage facilities or cause a raging wildfire.
Missouri FFA members honored as Area Stars
Missouri FFA stars shining brightly at the recent state convention included several members from Farm Talk territory.
Ark. brother-sister team win soy award
A brother and sister team whose study of how plant color might be used as an inexpensive method of crop monitoring was named state winner of the first Soybean Science Challenge Award.
MU scientist studying ancient cattle
Geneticist and anthropologists previously suspected that ancient Africans domesticated cattle native to the African continent nearly 10,000 years ago. Now, a team of University of Missouri researchers has completed the genetic history of 134 cattle breeds from around the world. In the process of completing this history, they found that ancient domesticated African cattle originated in the “Fertile Crescent,” a region that covered modern day Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Israel.
Cool weather slows weed burndown
Weed control at spring planting, an increasing challenge with herbicide-resistant weeds, presents extra concerns when temperatures stay low, day and night. Weather bears watching more than usual.
Farm bill brings questions for producers
As a professor in Kansas State University's Department of Agricultural Economics, Art Barnaby has given countless presentations and fielded even more questions about managing risk over the years. And the questions continue as details of the new farm bill unfold.
Controlling weeds and brush in pastures
I’ve always wondered about the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. That may be true, but what about the weeds and brush on that side of the fence, are they greener too? Spring has arrived, and along with it, the time has come to start thinking about weed and brush control in our range and pasture land.
PEDV concerns send futures soaring
Uncertainty surrounding total swine herd losses to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has sent lean hog futures for spring and summer contracts to record-high levels, but it's possible the markets have overreacted, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says.
PEDV is a virus of swine that is fatal to nearly 100 percent of infected piglets that are less than 2 weeks old. There is no vaccination or treatment for the disease, which poses no threat to human health or food safety.
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