Before the combines hit the fields this fall for harvest, farmers may want to keep a watchful eye on their crop quality. Preliminary testing over the summer months of the 2015 North America wheat crop, conducted by Alltech’s 37+® mycotoxin analysis, shows an average 3.2 mycotoxins per sample, with Deoxynivalenol (DON) the most predominant toxin.
The value of fiscal year 2015 dairy exports is now expected to hit $5.8 billion, down $400 million from the May 2015 forecast, and down about $1.6 billion (22%) from the record-high FY ’14 total of $7.4 billion. If realized, it would be the lowest FY total since 2012.
Learn more about an MPP-Dairy update in Iowa, what dairy products are being touted in the Colorado Proud ag campaign, and which water-logged Missouri counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance in this week's roundup.
By M. Scott Wells, Craig Sheaffer, and Amanda Grey, University of Minnesota Extension
With today's modern varieties that are capable of yielding 6 to 7 tons per acre and alfalfa hay prices ranging from 195 to 295 dollars per ton (Dan Martens, Sauk Centre Hay Auction, 2015), there is an incentive to develop management practices that not only improve seeding year management, but also optimize the total revenue stream.
Daunting is one way to describe estate planning, said Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. "This is one reason farm families have avoided implementing a plan for their farms and families," said Gessner.