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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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Scout for Spider Mites in Soybeans

Spider Mite Webbing on Soybeans

During hot and dry seasons, spider mites can cause major problems in soybeans. Common symptoms are stippling and leaf discoloration. Early detection using proper scouting techniques will help prevent crop damage and facilitate rescue treatments.

(Spider mite webbing photo courtesy of Janet Knodel)

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Volunteer Peas or Small Grains Have Animal Feed Potential

Cover Crop

Some producers are looking at feed alternatives because of dry conditions in some parts of North Dakota. There may be some opportunities after the early season crops, such as peas and wheat, are harvested.

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Combat Heat Stress Proactively

heat-stressed cow

Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle. Trying to help livestock once they are suffering from heat stress may be too late. Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress helps maintain animal performance and avoid animal deaths in severe cases. (Photo by Carl Dahlen, NDSU)

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