NDSU Agriculture and Extension


NDSU Agriculture and Extension

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Bringing CRP Land Back Into Crop Production or Grazing

CRP Land 2

Given the recent increases in commodity prices, the interest in converting land in the Conservation Reserve Program back to crop production is growing. Producers should consider several possibilities when selecting a crop to follow CRP.

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Reduce Dairy Cow Feed Costs

eating.jpgThe high cost of corn and other feed has dairy managers changing how they feed their cows. One option is looking for alternative feed sources. Another option is replacing the corn in dairy cattle diets with nonforage fiber sources that have a lower starch content.

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Conservation Tillage

Conservation TillageReduced tillage practices reduce water runoff, minimize soil erosion and cuts back on moisture loss from evaporation. Less tillage leaves more crop residue on the soil surface, which decreases the potential for pesticides and fertilizers to move into surface water and normally reduces weed seed germination.

To be successful, a seeder for conservation tillage must meet certain criteria.

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Spring Grain Drying

grain binStored grain can spoil if its moisture content is too high. The moisture content needs to decrease as the grain temperature increases this spring. Check  whether the grain should be dried. Also monitor the grain closely for storage problems, such as mold growth, and insect infestations.

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Preparing to Evacuate Your Farm

Cows in water

Many floods arrive with at least some advance warning so you can prepare. Depending on how much time you have, there are steps you can take to minimize any losses.

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Managing Wheat Midge

Wheat Midge

The wheat midge is one of the most destructive pests of wheat. The larvae feed on the kernel and negatively affect yield, grade and quality. The 2011 North Dakota forecast for wheat midge risk has increased significantly from 2010. However, there are cultural, biological and chemical methods to control wheat midge.

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Get Ready for Calving Season

calvingCows are getting ready for the calving season, but producers may not be prepared for issues such as difficult births or cows that deliver twins. Producers may have to assist cows with delivery. Having the calving area ready well in advance of the cows' first due date is one way to be prepared for calving season.


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Prevent Abortions in Sheep

lambNumerous infectious agents common in U.S. sheep flocks can cause diseases that result in abortions. Prevention is the key to protecting ewes from these disease-causing agents. Providing ewes with access to clean, high-quality feed and water during gestation is one way to reduce the risk of abortions in your flock.

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Liquid Level Marker Essential in Manure Storage

liquid markerLiquid level markers are an important component of a manure storage facility. A properly functioning liquid level marker allows a producer to determine the pond's storage capacity, make decisions on whether to pump the pond and record the pond's storage conditions during inspections.

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Plotting a Course 2011

Wheat Against Sky

For most farm and ranch managers, developing realistic commodity price expectations is one of the most difficult and complex tasks of the planning process. To ease the burden of forecasting planning prices, the NDSU Extension Service has prepared a summary of projected short- and long-term planning prices.

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