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by WLJ
2011 September 16
The window of opportunity for planting winter wheat for grazing is rapidly closing. In Oklahoma, dualpurpose or forage-only winter wheat generally needs to be planted by mid-September in order to produce significant fall and winter forage. Wheat planted for grain-only has about another month to be in the ideal planting window.
by WLJ
2011 September 16
Building your Brand to Add Value to your Herd, is the theme of this year's California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), Field Day, Tradeshow and Bull Test Sale set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the Cal Poly Beef Center, San Luis Obispo.
by WLJ
2011 September 16
CoBank and U.S. AgBank announced September 8th that their voting stockholders have approved the proposed plan of merger between the two banks.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
Many sectors of agriculture depend on government programs, such as crop insurance, conservation programs, direct payments and research and development. Congress is now forced to cull programs due to budget restraints, and those in the farm bill are not exempt.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
Proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockers Act (PSA) continue to be a major concern for livestock producers. The debate has been going on for over a year and industry professional are calling for its dismissal because of the damage the rule could do to livestock marketing efforts.
by DTN
2011 September 9
La Nina describes Pacific Ocean equatorial waters having cooler-than-average temperatures. In the U.S., the weather effects of La Nina include drier conditions in the southern Plains and Midwest, and above-average precipitation during winter in the northern states.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
Congress faces a busy agenda when it returns from August recess, but U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF) Chairman Keith Miller says few items can offer as much immediate benefit to the struggling U.S. economy as ratification of pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
Scout fields to determine where problem areas are and the condition of stalks and ears. Harvest the problem areas first when field conditions are better and before kernels in close proximity to the ground have an opportunity for potential further deterioration.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
Producers can expect a similar weather pattern during harvest this year compared to last year, as this will be the second year of a La Nina pattern, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln state climatologist.
by DTN
2011 September 9
As befits the chairman of the worlds largest food-production company, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is counting calories. But its not his diet that the chairman and former CEO of Nestle is worried about. Its all the food that the U.S. and Europe are converting into fuel while the worlds poor get hungrier.
2011 September 9
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is trying to fend off environmentalists threatening one quarter of their business. Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson is seeking a five-year time out from the U.S. Forest Services (USFS) decision to limit sheep grazing in areas where they come in contact with bighorn sheep.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
This article could probably be titled What to Do If All Else Fails. Certainly no one ever plans to find himself in a drought, short of forage, and with a group of cows too thin to breed. It does happen, however, and early weaning of calves at 6 to 8 weeks of age is an effective way to get high rebreeding rates, even in very thin cows.
2011 September 9
If a Top Hand Award was given for the production of a Ranch Bronc Riding, Traci Butler of Guthrie, TX would take home the buckle. Butler works both ends of the arena, not on horseback, but as the event coordinator hustling from the crow's nest to the stands then dashing back to the sidelines to get a glimpse of the action.
by DTN
2011 September 9
At more than 4,100 feet above sea level, the Upper Klamath Lake north of Klamath Falls, OR, is the largest freshwater body in Oregon. The 160-square-mile lake already is naturally high in phosphorous and other nutrients because of historic volcanic activity in the region.


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