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Grassland Management Guide

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The Ranchers Guide to Grassland Management provides general information on a variety of subjects, such as recordkeeping, range sites, natives plants and stocking rates, that are related to range, pasture and hay land management. References for other sources of information are provided should the reader wish to research the topic in greater depth.

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Increasing Soybean Yields

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Opportunities exist for farmers to increase soybean yield and profitability by improving plant establishment practices. Research at NDSU showed that the combination of 14-inch rows and a 150,000 pls/acre planting rate without foliar inputs provided the highest net revenue after costs of research factors. Also, management strategies that reduce the time required from planting to canopy closure will increase yield potential. The NDSU study indicated that canopy closure with narrow rows occurred more than a month earlier than with wide rows.

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2014 Barley, Oats, Rye and Flax Variety Trial Results

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The successful production of barley, oats, rye and flax depends on numerous factors such as selecting the right variety for a particular area.Characteristics to evaluate in selecting a variety are: yield potential in your area, test weight, straw strength, plant height, reaction to problematic diseases and maturity. Selecting high-quality varieties also is important to maintain market recognition.

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2014 Dry Bean Variety Trial Results

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When selecting a high-yielding and good-quality variety of dry beans, use data that summarize several years and locations. Choose a high-quality variety that, on average, performs the best at multiple locations near your farm during several years.

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Managing Cattle During Winter

cattle in winterBeef cattle increase body heat production as a response to severe cold exposure by increasing their metabolic rate (heart rate, respiration and blood flow). This means that animals eat more during cold weather to meet their maintenance requirements. Also, cattle that suffer hypothermia or frostbite are more prone to other disease conditions and certainly do not perform as well as cattle that are warm, dry and out of the wind. Photo by Cindy Cornett Seigle.

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Preventive Herd Health Program: Checklist for Beef Producers

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Beef producers are urged to establish a specific preventive herd health program in consultation with a veterinarian. Also, each cow-calf operation is different and, therefore, has unique considerations to achieve herd health. Photo by Dave Wild

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Pythium Damping-off of Soybeans

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Damping-off, the rotting and death of seeds and seedlings, can be a devastating disease and is of great economic importance to soybean production. Damping-off mainly affects soybean plants prior to seed germination and throughout the seedling stage. Any field with damping-off may experience a significant stand reduction.

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2014 North Dakota Beef Report

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The 2014 beef report provides the most recent research related to beef cattle, beef products and environmental and range sciences from North Dakota. The beef research programs at the NDSU main campus in Fargo and the Research Extension Centers across North Dakota are dedicated to serving the producers and stakeholders in North Dakota by developing knowledge and technology to improve the management, efficiency and production of high-quality cattle and beef using sustainable and safe approaches. Photo by Saml

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2014 Winter Wheat Variety Trial Results

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During the 2013-14 growing season, 560,000 acres of winter wheat were harvested. The state’s winter wheat yield this season was estimated at 44 bushels per acre, which is up from last year’s yield of 43 bushels per acre. Jerry was the most popular variety, occupying 26 percent of the acres planted. Decade, WB Matlock, Overland and SY Wolf followed Jerry in popularity with 18, 7, 6 and 4 percent of the acreage, respectively. Photo by Scott Bauer

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Farm Financial Performance

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There was a significant decline in financial performance in 2013 because of sharply lower grain prices and about 8 percent higher crop production costs per acre. Median net farm income dropped 62 percent to $90,629 from the record high profit year of 2012. In 2013, more than 70 percent of the farms were crop farms and the median age of a farm operator was 48.

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