Cottonseed supply could be up this year

While 2009 cotton acreage is projected to decrease for the fourth consecutive year — to the lowest levels since 1983 — experts anticipate that cottonseed prices will remain "surprisingly reasonable." FULL STORY »

$3 corn a possibility

We could see $3 corn later this year, or maybe $5 to $6 corn — it all depends on the size of the U.S. corn crop, says Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. FULL STORY »

Trace-mineral status impacts reproduction

Cows depend on highly available trace minerals to deliver the essential nutrients needed to achieve and maintain pregnancy. FULL STORY »

We could see $3 corn by October

Dairy Herd Management wrote in April that one of the "silver linings" of the current dairy recession is that corn prices seem tethered to the $3-to-$4 mark. While $3-to-$4 corn is no bargain, it is better than the $7-plus prices that we saw a year ago. FULL STORY »

Crop reports are generally favorable

Since our last update in the July 17 Nutritionist e-Network, most of the cropping regions have experienced favorable weather. FULL STORY »

Water quality could be limiting animal performance

Despite the importance of water quality to livestock, limited research has examined the variability of water composition and its impact on animal performance. FULL STORY »

Will weather spoil crop expectations?

USDA now forecasts U.S. farmers will harvest 13 billion bushels of corn this fall, with yields averaging 164 bushels per acre. FULL STORY »

New tool for detecting heat loss in bunker silos

As a nutrition consultant, it is your job to apply the latest technology to help clients manage their feed inputs. FULL STORY »

Forage quality assessment

Models, such as the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System, and ration balancing programs are increasingly used by consultants and producers to predict animal performance. FULL STORY »

Nutrition decision-making widgets

A new set of tools from David Galligan, economist at the University of Pennsylvania, may help to make decisions when it comes to nutrition and ration formulation on your clients' dairies. FULL STORY »

The feed (and food) supply just got safer

A new method is available for testing animal feed for prohibited materials. FULL STORY »

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