By Joshua Stamper, University of Minnesota irrigation specialist
Now that spring has sprung, one of the most powerful tools for maximizing irrigated yield is uniform application of irrigation water. Testing uniformity every few years is a low cost way to make sure that your water is going where you want it. On a pivot with 15 foot nozzle spacing, one bad nozzle 1000 feet from the center can influence the yield on over 2 acres. That one bad nozzle (that costs about $5 to replace) could cost you over $600 in lost yield.
In the United Kingdom, iodine supplements provided to conventional dairy cow diets translated into an “accidental public health triumph,” curing decades of human iodine deficiency without adding the chemical to salt or bread as is done in many countries. Organic milk has one-third less iodine, causing a health concern for pregnant women and their unborn children.
By Darrel Good, ag economist, University of Illinois
Corn prices have come under renewed pressure, with a decline of nearly 20¢/bushel in futures prices over the past week. Those prices are now at the lowest level since October 2014. Old crop basis, however, continues to strengthen seasonally in most markets. The average cash price in central Illinois, for example, was 14¢ under July 2015 futures on April 23, compared to 70¢ under in late September and early October 2014.
Mack Graves is 30 year veteran of the meat business. He did his time on the packing side, serving as President and CEO of Coleman Natural Meats, Inc., interim CEO of Meyer Foods, and CEO, Senior Advisor and Board Member of Panorama Meats. He now speaks nationally and internationally on meat and poultry marketing issues. Because he’s recognized as an expert in the natural and organic meat and poultry industries, industry people tend to listen to him.
Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 8 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 1.122 million pounds (509 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda, and Monterey Jack cheese and 85,980 pounds (39 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from April through October 2015.