47th Annual World Ag Expo draws near 

DHM Southwest: CMAB elects executive committeeThe 47th annual World Ag Expo will be held February 11-13, in Tulare, Calif.. The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo touts 1,500 exhibitors who display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds. An estimated average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries attend the Expo each year to learn about the latest advances in agriculture.

General admission at the gate is $15. Purchase tickets in advance at www.WorldAgExpo.org and use coupon code "WAE2014" to save $5 on each ticket.

More than 40 seminars will be offered in beef, dairy, hay and forage, international trade, irrigation and general agriculture categories. Seminars presented by professionals in the industry provide attendees with valuable information to improve their operations.

New for 2014 is the World Ag Expo Arena in the southwest area of the show grounds. The Arena will be home to daily Exhibitor Showcases, facilitated by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Attendees will enjoy watching the show from the comfort of their seats as exhibitors drive their equipment past the bleachers.

World Ag Expo attendees can get the latest news, information and updates about the show by downloading the new for 2014 mobile app. The free app provides mobile access to the schedule of events, an exhibitor directory, map of the show grounds and other visitor resources. The app is available for download by visiting the iTunes store or Android Marketplace, search for "World Ag Expo 2014".

For a full schedule of events and more information about the show visit www.WorldAgExpo.org.

Turlock Livestock Auction Yard

The dairy replacement market is improving, with top springers bringing over $2000 at the Turlock Livestock Auction Yard last week. Drought conditions continue which could force more beef cows on the market.

A special dairy heifer sale will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., with  500-600 fresh heifers, springers, bred and open heifers expected.

Dairy replacement sales result from Jan. 24:

Springers

#1 Hol Springers: $1700-$2250

#2 Hol Springers: $1300-1$675

# 1 Jer Springers: $1200-$1585

# 1 Jer x Springers: $1100-$1500

Holstein Open Heifers

15 Hd. 458 lbs @ $ 660

31 Hd. 544 lbs. @ $ 760

17 Hd. 704 lbs. @ $ 885

55 Hd. 813 lbs. @ $ 1020

Jersey Open Heifers

$125-$160.00cwt.

Texas: Dickinson Bayou TMDL plan developed

A plan developed by stakeholders under the leadership of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to decrease the amount of bacterial pollution in Dickinson Bayou has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The “Implementation Plan for Eight Total Maximum Daily Loads for Bacteria in Dickinson Bayou and Three Tidal Tributaries” outlines ways to decrease bacteria found in the waste of warm-blooded mammals including people, dogs, cats and cattle, according to Charriss York, Texas Coastal Watershed Program specialist in Clear Lake.

“Bacteria from this waste may indicate the presence of disease-causing microorganisms that can make people ill if they are in direct contact with the water while swimming, wading or recreating on Dickinson Bayou,” she said.  “Because of the high fecal bacteria concentrations, the TCEQ initiated a Total Maximum Daily Load project to determine the extent of the problem and ways to reduce fecal bacteria contamination.”

AgriLife Extension experts led local stakeholders through the process of creating the technical document, which targets bacteria pollution in Dickinson Bayou by point sources such as wastewater treatment plants and non-point sources like stormwater runoff, York said.

Reduction measures include:

  • Better management of septic systems through educational activities.
  • Improvements to wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Reducing runoff from pet and other animal waste.
  • Restoring natural areas along the Bayou.
  • Preserving natural wetlands and constructing new wetlands to filter runoff.
  • Installing low impact development practices including rain gardens, swales and rainwater harvesting tanks.

York said the plan recommendations are a mix of voluntary measures and enforceable actions, and the plan also identifies how funding can be obtained for these activities and the parties responsible for implementing them.

More information about the project can be found online at www.dickinsonbayou.org or http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/tmdl/80-dickinsonbayoubacteria.html/#i-plan