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Avoid Hay Fires

hay bales on fireThis year's wet growing conditions increase the risk of hay being too wet when it's baled, which also increases the possibility of hay fires. To minimize that risk, check your hay's moisture levels regularly, and if you suspect the haystack or bales are heating, monitor the hay's temperature. (Photo courtesy of Flickr: fauxto_digit)

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Water Essential for Cattle in High Heat

Cattle Drinking Water

When temperatures soar, making sure cattle have enough water is critical. During hot weather, cattle can drink up to 20 or more gallons a day.  It also is important for ranchers to check ponds and tanks for green or blue-green algae because certain types of algae can be fatal to livestock. Water testing should be conducted to ensure optimum productivity of your herd or flock.

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Risks of DON (Vomitoxin) in Barley

Barley DON

The barley DON prediction model indicates a few NDAWN locations with a high risk of DON formation in barley. However, most sites have low to moderate risk at this time.  Growers need to choose the NDAWN station nearest them to determine the DON risk at any given time. Many barley fields headed out during the July 2 weekend.   

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New Facility Enhances Beef Research

BCRCNDSU's new, state-of-the-art Beef Cattle Research Complex will take beef cattle research to a new level. The complex includes a feeding area, cattle handling system, calving pens, laboratory, and a feed mixing and storage facility. Its special feeding equipment allows researchers to measure and control feed intake for cattle individually and provide a variety of diets to cattle in the same pen. Only three other research facilities in North America have this equipment.

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Small Grain Disease Forecasting

Wheat Scab

The NDSU small grain disease forecasting model website has been activated for the season. The website predicts the risk of infection for tan spot, septoria leaf blotch and leaf rust of wheat, as well as Fusarium head blight (scab).  The risk of infection is based on weather data from North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network locations. A user of the website choses the NDAWN site of interest and the crop growth stage to get the forecast. 


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Protect Calves From Heat Stress

calf hutchCalves pant to dissipate heat, which causes them to lose hydration. To keep calves from overheating in warm weather, make sure their hutches have shade and air movement, remove bedding frequently, provide them with adequate water to drink and clean their water buckets regularly.

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Composting Reduces Manure Volume

compost turnerThe long, cold winter has led to larger than normal accumulations of manure and bedding, and manure storage facilities may be getting full. Composting that manure may be one solution to the storage problem.

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Strategies for Late-planting: Small Grains and Corn

Farm Flooding

This year’s planting progress is 17 days behind the five-year average (2006-2010). This means that producers will have to make some decisions about what to plant and figure out how the shortened growing season will affect yield potential and profitability. Some answers to those questions are in this week’s Crop and Pest Report. Not receiving the weekly Crop and Pest Report? It’s easy to subscribe.

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Consider Artificial Insemination

calfArtificial insemination has the potential to increase calf crop uniformity and weaning weight. It also can reduce birth weight and calving difficulty, shorten the calving season and even produce calves of a known sex. Today's artificial insemination protocols are reliable and offer options to fit producers' needs.

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2011 Weed Control Guide

Sunflower Field

The weather is turning warmer, so producers are another step closer to spring planting. A “must have” for every producer is the “2011 Weed Control Guide.” The guide provides a summary of herbicide uses in crops grown in North Dakota and is based on federal and state herbicide labels, research at North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Stations and information from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The guide also can be purchased by contacting your local NDSU Extension Service office or call the NDSU Distribution Center at (701) 231-7883.

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