Ranchers should establish a specific preventive herd health program in consultation with a veterinarian. A veterinarian can give you realistic expectations and recommendations for disease control and vaccine usage. Each cow-calf operation is different, so there will be unique considerations to achieving herd health.
Strangles, also known as distemper, is a highly contagious horse disease. The disease is caused by bacteria that infects the upper respiratory tract. Isolating affected horses immediately is essential for the prevention and control of strangles.
The use of medications in feed has been an effective and convenient method to prevent and treat certain disease conditions in groups of livestock. The proper use of feed medications has changed and will need to be under the oversight and order of a veterinarian.
On occasion, the winter months bring us snow, low temperatures and high winds. Another problem is sun scald, which is the splitting of the bark due to exposure to higher temperatures immediately followed by freezing temperatures. These are conditions that can seriously damage trees. One solution to the problem is wrapping the trunks for winter.
As we age, we may not be as active as we used to be. Maybe we have put on a few extra pounds, or we’ve developed health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Nourishing Boomers and Beyond is a program to provide North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to eat more nutritiously and be more physically active so they can reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.
Grain can be stored in many types of facilities. However, all storage options should keep the grain dry and provide adequate aeration to control grain temperature. Grain must be dry and cool (near the average outdoor temperature) when placed in alternative storage facilities because providing adequate, uniform airflow to dry grain or cool grain coming from a dryer is not feasible.
Many people take prescription or nonprescription medications on a regular basis. Do you know how to properly store and dispose of medications? Do your medications interact with any foods? Know the questions to discuss with your doctor.
Fertilizer recommendations for corn were published about 40 years ago and have changed little since then. However, during the past 40 years, yield expectations have at least doubled from about 80 to more than 200 bushels per acre in many fields. Tillage practices and the hybrids planted also have changed. The changes from previous corn fertility recommendations are primarily the result of recent assessments of corn yield responses to nitrogen through field experiments using modern hybrids and conditions.
Integrated Pest Management scouts are detecting increasing numbers of banded sunflower moths in pheromone traps. Sunflower should be scouted for banded sunflower moth eggs or adult moths when most of the plants in the field are at plant stage R3 (distinct bud elongated ¾ inch above the nearest leaf, yellow ray petals not visible).
The wet spring has caused soybean root rot problems in North Dakota. Damping off and root rots can be caused by many different pathogens; Pythium species, Phytophthora sojae, Fusarium species and Rhizoctonia solani. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to determine which pathogen is causing the primary disease. In many cases, it is likely that multiple pathogens are acting synergistically to cause the damping off.