Is the western Corn Belt drought finally breaking?
April rain and snow showers helped alleviate drought in parts of the western Corn Belt, but not all states in the region were able to see relief. FULL STORY »
Coccidiosis and shedding
There is a close connection between shedding rates and infection levels. When the infection level is high, so is shedding. Adopt these practices to reduce shedding among heifers and calves. FULL STORY »
Is the grass greener?
Farms utilize pasture to lessen stored forage demand during the spring and summer months, when quantity may be limited. But, how many producers can say they manage pastures to their fullest potential? FULL STORY »
Dry and cold sum up March weather
March was a relatively quiet month across much of the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest “State of the Climate” report. FULL STORY »
NMPF praises agriculture worker component of immigration reform
As a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation this morning dealing with comprehensive immigration reform, members of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) held a press conference Wednesday highlighting the crucial stake American agriculture, including dairy farming, has in the debate. FULL STORY »
Mizzou outlook for dairy bullish
Despite neutral supply and demand in dairy markets, the outlook is bullish, said an economist at the University of Missouri Extension Spring Ag Marketing Outlook Conference. FULL STORY »
Parched Colorado farmland buried in sand, snow
Dust bowl-like conditions inundated eastern Colorado farmland last week. A combination of drought and dust storms covered more than 100,000 acres of land in Lincoln County, Colo., with up to one foot of sand and dirt. FULL STORY »
Commentary: Take time for agricultural safety awareness
Most common in rural areas, bright orange "Slow Moving Vehicle" triangles on tractors and other farm equipment also are spotted by motorists in suburban and (sometimes) urban areas, especially as spring planting season approaches FULL STORY »
Wet soil or dry: Will ACRE provide any benefits in 2013?
Most Corn Belt farmers not have received an ACRE payment, since the inception of the program in the 2008 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »
Early season forage supplies
What are the different options to increase early forage produced on your operation? Your approach and priorities will depend on whether you need forage for lactating cows, dry cows, growing heifers or bred heifers. FULL STORY »