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2017 January 20
Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield and actually increased soybean yields in seven site-years and corn yield in two-sites years, according to an eight-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa.


2017 January 20
Pregnancy checking can determine the overall fertility of the cow herd. “If pregnancy rate is lower than desired, areas such as type of breeding program and bull-to-cow ratio should be analyzed to pinpoint where adjustments are needed,” Grussing said.


by DTN
2017 January 20
“Son,” he painfully wheezed through multiple layers of market scar tissue, “don’t hold your breath waiting for equal pieces of pie in this biz. Regardless how big the pastry rolls out of the oven, we always run out of dessert way before we run out of waving forks.


2017 January 16
U.S. red meat exports continued to build momentum in November, highlighted by a new monthly volume record for pork exports. Both pork and beef exports exceeded year-ago levels by more than 20 percent in both volume and value, according to statistics released by US- DA and compiled by the U.
by DTN
2017 January 16
We have a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that contains all of our farms and one of my stock accounts. We formed it many years ago to protect the land from potential bad decisions our two children might make during their formative years.
2017 January 16
Retail beef prices will continue adjusting down in 2017 due to retail market dynamics and continued growth in domestic beef consumption this year. The most recent All Fresh retail beef prices in November were $554.20/cwt., down 7.5 percent from one year earlier.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved ahead with the Jan. 1, 2017 start date of its worker protection safety (WPS) rule, despite a request for a delay from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).
by USDA
2017 January 16
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report studying the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol. The report, “A Life- Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol” (http://tinyurl.
2017 January 16
“I am pleased to be able to provide national leadership in an important area of engagement for land-grant universities,” said Green, who served as the university’s Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Vice President.
2017 January 16
Lauren Connell, a student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources said forage clipping by prairie dogs maintains a younger plant growth stage, and its palatability is significantly more nutrient-rich.
2017 January 16
Although winter weather conditions are extreme, with adequate feed and water supplies South Dakota livestock are designed to withstand these frigid temperatures, said Alvaro Garcia, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director and Professor.
2017 January 16
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently reappointed Helene Dillard to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Dillard, a University of California- Davis (UC Davis) alumna, has served as Dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2014.
by WLJ
2017 January 16
“This is quite an accomplishment for Jeff and Rob,” said Billy Cook, Ph.D., Noble Foundation Agricultural Division Director. “It’s a testament to their professionalism and the respect their peers have for them.
2017 January 16
In the next 50 years, the world needs to double the amount of food it produces in order to feed a growing population. That responsibility doesn’t lie only with farmers and scientists, but with everyone, according to Mark Poeschl, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.
2017 January 16
“During the last 20 years, there have been recommendations to eat less red meat as part of a healthier diet, but our research supports that red meat can be incorporated into a healthier diet,” said Wayne Campbell, Professor of Nutrition Science. “Red meat is a nutrient-rich food, not only as a source for protein but also bioavailable iron.
2017 January 16
The researchers mapped the cows’ positions over the paths of rangeland streams across five spring-to-fall grazing seasons. They discovered that the cows went down to the water when they needed to drink or cross, but did not typically rest or hang out there.
by DTN
2017 January 16
A wealth of confirmed and suspected insect resistance to a number of Bt crops took many off guard in the 2016 growing season and is pushing growers to evaluate the way they use traits and inputs to ward off pests. However, scientists say the problem had been mounting for years.


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