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When no one's looking
With the dollars agricultural producers have invested in their operations, electronic surveillance is becoming an important risk management tool.
Fewer cattle, higher prices
Beef packers paid $133 to $136 for slaughter cattle, surpassing the previous record of $132 set in late October, according to USDA.
Stockmanship and quality of life
“Are we putting cattle through the chute to see how fast we can do it? Or are we putting cattle through the chute to see how well we can process them?”
USDA increases ag export outlook
USDA has increased its projections for fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports to $137 billion, up $2 billion from its last forecast in August but $3.9 billion below last year’s record export figures.
Winter rangeland management
As late fall frost settles across browning pastures, it’s time for farmers and ranchers to start planning their next rangeland management step.
“Think long term — 5 to 10 years down the road,” Kansas NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist David Kraft advises.
Productive and protected
Making fragile farmland productive again while continuing to protect against erosion is a primary goal at Morris Farms near Deerfield, Mo.
Do wheat fungicides pay?
Holed up between planting and harvest, a gang of desperados is lying in wait to steal wheat yields.
Included in that murderer’s row of yield killers are fungal diseases bent on picking the pockets of growers — when conditions are right.
Building a legacy
“Let’s talk in the arena,” he says, leading the way to a building that wouldn’t be standing without his foresight many years ago.
Meats coach hanging up the hard hat
His breath froze in the air as he entered through the cooler door. Skillfully, he stepped his steel-toe boots through a moving line of hanging beef carcasses known to knock passerbys to the ground.
Bringing ag to the classroom
For decades, agriculture and education have been closely linked. However, as the farm population began to shrink, and families became a couple of generations separated from farming, the emphasis on agriculture in textbooks also declined.
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