DDGs have big stocker gain impact on hot fescue pastures
Distillers grains can be a very cool addition to hot fescue pastures.
In studies at the Southeast Agricultural Research Center, supplementing stocker cattle grazing high-endophyte pastures with DDGs had a dramatic impact on gain.
Hawaii a flash point for GMO seed development
You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S. — and in many other places around the world — to Hawaii.
Today, about 90 percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered and has been developed partially in Hawaii.
Freeze could damage some Kan. wheat
The hard freeze throughout Kansas in the early morning hours of April 15, could cause some damage to wheat, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. Wheat in the jointing stage is most at risk, he said.
WASDE report eases low crop price fears
USDA’s April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
USDA: Corn acres expected to drop 4%
The amount of American cropland devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more acres to soybeans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week.
Bt-resistant rootworms ID’d in five states
Researchers say bugs are developing resistance to the widely popular genetically engineered corn plants that make their own insecticide, so farmers may have to make changes.
MU economist: Corn, bean price volatility next 5 years
Expect volatility in the soybean and corn markets over the next five years, said Pat Westhoff, director of the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (MU FAPRI).
Look for corn prices to drop to $4 per bushel and soybean to $10 per bushel on average for the next five years, he said.
Plan now to control marestail in soybeans
Controlling marestail in soybeans has been a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers in recent years.
Because soybeans are generally planted later in the season, and marestail generally germinates in the fall or early spring, application timing and weed size are critical factors to successful control.
Checking alfalfa for winter injury
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve heard many concerns about alfalfa production for this spring.
Cold temperatures and lack of snow cover are the two main issues producers are worried about for next season’s crop production, as certainly the alfalfa plant could die if exposed to extremely cold temperatures. In general, alfalfa plants can tolerate up to three weeks of winter injury before the plants are killed.
USDA reports on status of GE crops
Genetically engineered (GE) varieties with pest management traits became commercially available for major crops in 1996.
More than 15 years later, adoption of these varieties by U.S. farmers is widespread and U.S. consumers eat many products derived from GE crops — including corn-meal, oils, and sugars — largely unaware that these products were derived from GE crops.
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