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Don’t let flies take a bite out of profits
Horn flies are on the way and cattlemen need to prepare a plan of action.
Four State Farm Show set for 40th year
For 39 years, the Four State Farm Show has brought agricultural producers and agribusinesses together, and the 40th Show aims to do it again.
DDGs can help stretch stocker forage supply
Maybe it’ll rain tomorrow and there’ll be so much grass up through the Flint Hills and across the Osage that all those thousands of stocker calves won’t even put a dent in it.
Blakley shines as Okla. FFA Star
Oologah FFA member Reighly Blakley has used her knowledge of cattle and plant production, involvement in her community and her organizational skills to earn one of Oklahoma FFA’s highest honors: the 2014 Oklahoma FFA State Star in Agribusiness.
Hitting the target for replacement heifers
Heifers that hit the right target numbers have a better shot at being profitable additions to the cowherd, Jaymelynn Farney told beef producers at the recent Southeast Agricultural Research Center Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day in Mound City, Kan.
Management required to tap fescue seed potential
High fescue seed yields depend on two management practices — clipping soon after the seed stalks are mature, or a seed crop has been removed, and applying nitrogen during the very late fall or winter.
Appeals court rules in favor of meat labeling
A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
The appeals court decision issued last week dismissed an attempt by the meat industry to block the rules, which took effect last year and require packaged meat to include country of origin labels. The industry has long fought the labels, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer.
Big chill, little damage in SE Kan. corn fields
Corn seedlings turned brown by recent cold temperatures had growers speed-dialing their crop insurance agents last week.
For most, though, it may be one of those “not-as-bad-as-it-looks” situations.
K-State Agronomy Specialist Doug Shoup and Wildcat Extension District agents Josh Coltrain and Keith Martin were out in fields late last week surveying the situation.
USDA beefs up production forecast
In USDA’s latest forecast, total meat production is predicted to be lower in 2014 despite higher beef production and price expectations.
And on the crop side, the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, issued April 9, helped ease fears of lower crop prices.
El Niño return likely but little crop impact expected — for now
Long-range weather forecasters expect an El Niño return sometime this year but its timing and strength are still beyond the reach of reliable predictability.
Odds for an El Niño occurrence increase as temperatures warm in the Pacific. Above-average sea surface temperatures are currently being measured over much of the eastern tropical Pacific.
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