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Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017

Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas-based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other protein businesses, which include pork and beef.

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LGM-Dairy funds essentially depleted

Unless you’re going to book a tiny LGM-Dairy contract, consider LGM-Dairy Funds sold out. Marv Carlson with Dairy Gross Margin, LLC, confirmed for Dairy Herd Management this morning that the funds were sitting at $43.50, or not enough money to do much of anything with.

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Dairy markets: Planting progress pressures corn

Class III and Cheese softened as futures seem to need further upside spot price justification to maintain recent gains. May closed at $16.49/cwt., down 11¢. We expect that Class III will continue to slide back from last week’s highs.

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Test for irrigation nozzle uniformity, or it can cost you

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.

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