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Preparing for a Flood

Flood Prep

The National Weather Service says some areas of North Dakota may see flooding this spring. Are you prepared? Being prepared will help minimize the damage if you do get flooded. Your planning should include knowing how to protect your family, property and livestock. Check your sump pump, floor drains and electric generator if you have one. (NDSU Photo)

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Managing Saline Soils

Saline Soil

Saline soils have salt levels high enough that crop yields begin to suffer or cropping is impractical. Several factors contribute to the development of saline soils. A high water table is a prime requirement. Recognizing how and why salts accumulate is the first step in farming profitably on land interspersed with saline soils. Preventing further encroachment of salinity and addressing remediation strategies are other steps.

(NDSU Photo)

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Buying Ground Beef

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When cattle are processed into cuts, such as sirloin steaks or filet mignon, the small pieces left over can be ground up to be sold as ground beef. Will these trimmings make a good hamburger or is it better to buy ground beef that has been ground from whole muscle? You might be surprised at the answer.

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2013 Weed Control Guide

Saltcedar

The 2013 Weed Control Guide has an easy-to-follow format that will help producers with sometimes difficult herbicide application decisions. The guide also lists other publications that are available to provide even more specific information.

The guide is based on federal and state herbicide labels, research at North Dakota Research Extension Centers and other information from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

(Saltcedar - Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Young @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database)

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Handling Liquid Feed Commodities

Dairy Cows eating

Liquid feeds are useful for conditioning rations, improving palatability, reducing dustiness and providing nutrients to livestock. Many liquid byproduct materials are available for use in beef cattle rations. In addition, a number of commercial liquid supplement products also are available.

(Photo courtesy Carrington REC)

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Protecting Cattle from the Cold

Cattle in Winter 4

Cold temperatures bring on challenges for cow-calf producers. Producers need to provide balanced rations, modify the environment to provide protection and give the cattle plenty of water. 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 courtesy Carrington Research Extension Center)

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Variety Trials Provide Valuable Information

variety trials 2012Selecting 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. (NDSU photo)

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Determine Ewe Pregnancy Early

ultrasoundDetecting pregnancy in sheep early can make a big impact on a producer's bottom line. Knowing whether ewes are pregnant can help producers provide the animals with the feed they need when they need it. Producers also will know which ewes are producing more than one lamb and may need extra assistance. Sheep producers have two options for detecting pregnancy early: an ultrasound and blood testing. (Photo by Reid Redden, NDSU)

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Potatoes Possible Cattle Feed Source

potatoes as cattle feedPotatoes could become a feed option for cattle this year. Drought conditions led to poor yields in forage crops, high hay and corn prices, and a larger supply of diseased or malformed potatoes. Livestock experts say potatoes have similar feed quality as barley on a dry-matter basis and could be a relatively low-cost feedstuff, but the cost of transporting them could be high, and cattle should be adapted slowly to rations containing potatoes to avoid digestive upsets. (NDSU photo)

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Protect Your Hay Bales

hay balesWith hay yields down and prices up this year, protecting your hay bales is extremely important. Round bales, the most common form of baling, are designed to shed water, but hay loss still can occur if they aren't covered. Options for protecting bales include storing them indoors and stacking them on a pad of stone or porous material and covering them with plastic. (NDSU photo)

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