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Weekly news articles featuring ag issues in McKenzie County. Written by Morgan Wisness, NDSU Extension Agent

Excellence in Agriculture Celebrated During Harvest Bowl

December 5, 2017 - The success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and nine counties in Minnesota were honored during the 44th annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University, on Nov. 10. The Harvest Bowl honorees representing McKenzie County this year were Kent and Anita Pedersen of Arnegard...

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Stretching Limited Forage Supplies

November 8, 2017 - Straw and limited high-quality feeds is a very common crop aftermath following a year of drought here in North Dakota. Stretching hay supplies this winter should become a priority because compounded years of moisture shortage can take its toll on the hay inventory...

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Testing Forages for Nitrates

August 2, 2017 - Over the past several weeks the inquiries about nitrates have been numerous and growing here at the local NDSU Extension Office. The majority of nitrate livestock poisoning cases in North Dakota occur in drought-stressed oats, corn and barley. However, many additional plants can accumulate nitrates including sudangrass, sorghum-sudan hybrids, pearl millet, flax, radishes, canola, rye, soybean, sugar beets, sweetclover, turnips and wheat...

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Quick Tips on Dealing with Dystocia

March 22, 2017 - Tis the time of year where it never hurts to have some fresh facts on calving difficulty, formally known as dystocia. A little added know-how is especially welcomed when dealing with those "special" heifers with maternally absent instincts...

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A Topic of "Udder" Importance

March 8, 2017 - Holy cow, spring calving is just beyond the horizon. Along with the numerous preparations that go in hand with potentially cold weather and newborn calves, adding teat and udder score columns to your calving book ought to make your to-do-list...

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Faba Beans - The "Coolest" Newcomer to Legumes in North Dakota

February 22, 2017 - After attending MonDak Puluse Day last week in WIlliston, I experience information overload regarding the management and benefits of pulse crops. Peas, lentils, chickpeas, dry beans, and faba beans are the most common cool-season legumes that characterize pulses, all of which provide unique health benefits to the soil and are projected to net better returns in comparison to small grains this year...

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CORNsTALK Workshop & Commodity Elections

February 15, 2017 - Area farmers are invited to attend a fun and informative CORNsTALK workshop to discuss all the benefits corn and other warm season crops can bring to your operation, soil health, and livestock management systems... also what are the Commodity Elections??....

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The Value of a Docile Herd

January 25, 2017 - Everyone loves and appreciates a gentle herd. A smooth-working group of cattle makes life easier for you, your spouse, the ranch hands, and even the neighbors, too. Research and experience both prove that docility in cattle is a highly heritable trait...

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Moonlight Feeding Equals Daytime Calving

January 11, 2017 - Sipping hot coffee and firing-up your tractor to the sound of a crowing rooster certainly seems ambitious (and quite cinematic). Regardless of your morning routine, studies show that serving cows a sunset supper instead of a morning breakfast will make a ranchers life a bit easier. Feeding gestating cattle in the evening dramatically increases their likelihood of calving during the daytime...

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Corn Silage Sampling

January 3, 2017 - NDSU Extension has launched a new corn silage project that will hopefully shed some light on the factors contributing to variation in quality of corn silage throughout North Dakota. This project provides producers with an opportunity for free silage nutrient sampling and interaction with NDSU Extension...

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Farm & Ranch Resolutions for 2017

December 28, 2016 - So the countdown is on and we will be ringing in the New Year in just a few short days. Holy cow, where has 2016 gone? This year has certainly brought many changes to my life, and I'm happy to say that most all were for the better! Whether you are enjoying this peaceful time with friend and family or scrambling to invest some income on your business instead of Uncle Same, the end of December is a great time for reflection...

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