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Bi-weekly news articles featuring ag issues in McKenzie County. Written by Devan Leo, NDSU Extension Ag & Natural Resource Agent

It's Getting Close to Baby Time!

January 6, 2021 - We all get excited for the spring baby season. The young animals give us new light and a breath of fresh air! The season in which they are born though, can be hard on the caregivers of these livestock. Night watch is particularly hard. Check every hour or two, watch for signs, make sure there are no difficulties, all while you body is telling you to be sleeping...

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Don't Quit

December 9, 2020 - What a time to be alive. There's a pandemic in which we all have adjusted to in our daily lives. There's a drought that has ripped through ND leaving a trail of desolation in its wake. I have seen how resilient of Ag world has been through this year especially, and all I can do is look on in awe and admiration...

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Cropping Opportunities 2021

December 2, 2020 - There are many farming opportunities, concerns, and new challenges for 2021. NDSU Extension agents in the Northwest and North Central area have put together a program which will be offered via "Zoom" on December 15 at 9 am and run approx until 12 pm...

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Feed'em and Reap

November 18, 2020 - This year has been less than desirable kind of like last year. The biggest difference is last year we had an excess of water and this year we had hardly any. The eastern part of the state got the moisture we so desperately yearned for. Across the western part of the state, pastures for cattle are in a sorry state and if forage wasn't stockpiled or some pastures weren't saved for grazing, then some livestock is in a hurting way currently...

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BCS Scoring Cattle at Weaning

October 14, 2020 - Weaning calves is in full swing and will be for the next few months. As calves are pulled off their mothers, each cow should be carefully evaluated. The following will describe some characteristics, flaws and general awareness to take note of. Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is the evaluation of an animal and its ability to keep weight or condition during stressful times (such as the drought we have had this year)...

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2020 Fall Weed Forum

September 2, 2020 - It is that time of year again! Last year in September, we held a fall weed forum incorporating specialists from NDSU Extension along with a local chemical rep. The event was held in person and we were able to interact with one another. 2020 has presented us with so much uncertainty that folks just don't know what to do or expect anymore. One thing I do know, is Extension will always be there for you and this year is no exception!...

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Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me!

August 12, 2020 - This summer is not without its tribulations. We have seen very dry conditions, shorter than normal crops, a pandemic to cripple the economy a couple times over and loads of flies on livestock to drive them plumb crazy!...

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Use it or Lose it!

August 5, 2020 - This year, haying weather has been tough to come by. Every chance we seem to get, a rain storm comes to ruin that opportunity. I have driven around and seen lots of hay laying down in the fields and not yet baled. I have also seen many fields with the swaths picked up and baled but it's just sitting in the field. Throughout my many trips back and forth from my homeland to here, I notice many times that hay has sat out in the field throughout the winter and far into spring. It is not a practice....

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Stacking Hay the Right Way

July 22, 2020 Straight, Mushroom or Pyramid? This summer has been quite a bit different from last summer! Getting hay laid down, baled and stacked doesn't seem to be quite as difficult when producers don't have to fight the rain! This years' problem seem to relate more to caution. There have been a few field fires in the area due to the the drought-like weather we have had. But that is...

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Porch Gardens

May 27, 2020 The pandemic has certainly taken a toll on many and it is not over. But one positive aspect from all of this is the want to return back to our roots. Grow our own food and participate in more local food buying...

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What's in your water?

May 13, 2020 - We as producers constantly worry about the livelihood of our animals. We always want to know what we are feeding them, what's in that feed, were the feed comes from, etc. We know what vaccines they need, what antibiotics we should use if needed and withdrawal periods of all that. We also know each animal personally and have years of records on them. They are part of our ...

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