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2015 August 14
Questions on using “vomitoxin wheat” came from farmers, said MU Extension specialists on the weekly agronomy teleconference. Wet weather during flowering and seed set of small grains caused multiple types of fungus to create mycotoxins in the wheat crop.


by WLJ
2015 August 14
Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) experts are cautioning residents to monitor not only their pets and livestock, but also themselves this summer from diseases including tularemia, plague, West Nile virus, rabies and vesicular stomatitis (VS).


by WLJ
2015 August 14
Freland comes to the beef council from the Midwest Dairy Association, Ankeny, IA, where she served as Associate Director of the Iowa State Dairy Association and Industry Relations Manager for the Midwest Dairy Association. Freland is experienced in commodity boards and promotion efforts funded by livestock producers.


2015 August 14
How to get the maximum use out of annual and perennial forage growth will be the focus of presentations at the annual beef cattle and forage field day Aug. 27 at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center’s ranch located southwest of Manning.


2015 August 7
Documents criticizing EPA for flawed rulemaking were released just weeks before the Clean Water Rule is set to go into effect on August 28. Internal memos released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (HCOGR) show discrepancies between the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


2015 August 7
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)— a non-profit association of wildlife service members—has been working on a sage-grouse population in the West report. The report will be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service later this week, but WAF- WA shared some preliminary data with media outlets, including WLJ,.


2015 August 7
Progressive beef breed associations publish sire summaries and Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) percentile tables and have EPD search engines to sort through bulls within the breed. Producers can use these technologies to select bulls for multiple traits specific to the needs and resources of any given farming operation.


2015 August 7
Blue-green algae often occur in stagnant ponds or dugouts with elevated nutrient levels, forming large colonies that appear as scum on or just below the water surface. Live cyanobacteria are green. It turns blue after it dies and dries on the surface or shoreline.
2015 August 7
The Senate left Washington, D.C., last week without making a decision on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), leaving the door open to possible financial retaliation from Canada and Mexico. Two competing amendments were offered to the Surface Transportation Bill, commonly known as the “Highway Bill,” but both were withdrawn prior to the vote.


2015 August 7
The behavior has negative ramifications. Additional wear on incisors can effectively shorten a horse’s lifespan as they are not able to eat properly in their old age. Increased risk of colic, damage to barn and stall surfaces, and reduced market value of the horse are other negatives associated with cribbing.


2015 August 7
Last Monday, Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the U.S. District Court of Idaho ruled in favor of the animal rights group Animal Legal Defense Fund over a controversial state law. Winmill’s move effectively rules Idaho’s agricultural protection law— derisively called an “ag gag law”—is unconstitutional.


2015 August 7
“Previously, owners and operators completed yield, base and election decisions,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Farm Management Specialist Dwight Aakre says. “Now they must complete the ‘enrollment’ or ‘contracting’ step of the program.


2015 August 7
“Check with your crop insurance provider and Farm Service Agency representative to see if it is permissible to seed annual forages in drowned-out pockets within a corn or soybean field, or entire fields that have plants present but not much above-ground growth that can produce grain,” he said.




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