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Positive Returns Projected in 2014 for Most Crops

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Projected crop budgets for various regions of the state generally show some return to labor and management for 2014, although the price of most crops declined significantly in 2013 and are not expected to improve. This means that producers may want to be more aggressive than normal in forward-pricing crops that provide an acceptable profit.

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Managing Cattle During the Winter

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Beef 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. (NDSU photo)


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Livestock Facility Site Selection

 

site livestoceOne of the most important decisions when planning any livestock facility is site selection. The site for the feedlot operation must be suitable for housing, handling and feeding cattle. Also, surface and ground waters must be protected and odor impacts minimized.(NDSU Photo)

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2013 Variety Trial Results

Variety Trials

Selecting the crop varieties that will grow best in a particular area can make a huge impact on a producer's profitability. Each year, NDSU agricultural researchers conduct variety trials to help determine which varieties produce the best yields under a range of growing conditions. The researchers evaluate the varieties based on a number of characteristics. Using that data, producers should choose the varieties that, on average, perform the best at multiple locations near their farming operation during several years.

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Heating Your Farm Shop

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Deciding on what size heating system to buy for a farm shop will depend on the size of the shop, how the shop will be used, how well it is insulated and how often the large doors will be opened. The construction of a building also makes a huge difference in how much heat the heating system needs to deliver. (Photo by pippalou at morgueFile.com)

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Check Feedlot Water Quality

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Runoff from a feedlot may transport large quantities of organic matter, nutrients and pathogens. If feedlots are not managed properly, uncontrolled runoff from beef cattle feedlot pens may pollute public waters, thus may pose a risk to aquatic life, as well as recreational and drinking water. Various criteria have been developed to characterize water quality, including physical characteristics, chemical constituents and bacterial content. (Photo by mensatic at morguefile.com)

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Backgrounding Options

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Not all backgrounding systems work with each type of cattle. Some cattle are best suited to being finished directly after weaning, while other cattle are best finished following an extensive growing program. Because of this, producers should recognize the many types of backgrounding systems that are available.

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Corn Drying and Storage Challenges

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 Many corn fields have areas that are totally brown but also have areas that are still green and growing. In those green spots, test weights and moisture contents will be high,while in the brown spots, test weight will be lighter and moisture contents much lower. (Photo by Harry22 at all-free-download.com)

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Tips for Planting Winter Wheat

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Winter wheat can be a viable crop in today’s cropping systems. It usually is planted and harvested during periods that do not compete with other farm activities. If properly managed, winter wheat has high yield potential and can be an excellent option on land that was not planted last spring.

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NDSU Winter Wheat Variety Trial Results

Winter Wheat

Results from winter wheat variety trials at various locations in North Dakota are now available.  Selecting the crop varieties that will grow best in a particular area can make a huge impact on a producer's profitability. Each year, NDSU agricultural researchers conduct variety trials to help determine which varieties produce the best yields under a range of growing conditions. (Photo – Winter wheat harvest by NDSU)

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