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Prevent Hypothermia, Frostbite in Livestock

cows in blizzardNewborns and livestock with pre-existing conditions, such as pneumonia or old age, are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Protecting them from exposure to extremely cold and windy conditions is the best way to reduce their risk. Livestock suffering from frostbite and hypothermia need special care.

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2011 Crop Budgets

Grain photo - wheat

The 2011 crop budgets by Andy Swenson, farm management specialist, are available on the Web and county Extension Service offices. Strong crop prices should more than offset higher costs to project profits in all regions of North Dakota, according Swenson.

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Barley Institute

Barley - USDA

The Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences provides reliable, high-quality, targeted research and education to barley producers and the malting and brewing industries.

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NDSU Crop Variety Test Plot Results

Flax Test PlotsChoosing the right mix of crop varieties can mean more profit. NDSU does variety trials every year at many locations. The trials let growers compare and rank different varieties. Check out all the variety trial data from all NDSU Research Extension Centers.

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Minerals for Cattle

Dairy Cows

What happens to dairy cattle milk production if not enough minerals are provided? What minerals does a cow need? The answers to these and other questions can be found in “Use of Minerals in Dairy Cattle.”

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Tips on Selling Grain

Wheat Rainbow

Producers need to check if someone buying their grain is licensed. If grain is sold to an unlicensed buyer that does not pay, there is no bond coverage available to help pay the seller. Learn more by reading “Selling Grain? Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.”

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Interpreting Water Quality Test Results

Water in Jugs for Testing

Have your well tested if you have any concerns about water quality. However, it may be difficult to interpret what the numbers mean after the results are returned. What the numbers mean is explained in “Drinking Water Quality: Testing and Interpreting Your Results.”

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Backgrounding an Option

backgroundingBackgrounding may be an economically feasible alternative to selling calves at weaning. It may open new markets for cattle producers. New videos will help producers learn about backgrounding and how to determine whether it is a viable option.

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Controlling Red Sunflower Seed Weevils

red sunflower seed weevilRed sunflower seed weevil larvae feed on the sunflower kernel, reducing the seeds' weight and oil content. A new video describes when and how to scout fields for the pests to determine whether applying insecticide is necessary.

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Get the Latest Livestock Market News

Livestock Auction

Ranchers can use livestock market reports to determine when to market their animals. NDSU has market reports from six North Dakota locations, as well as combined auction results, on one website. Also available is the Montana weekly auction summary, national feeder and stocker cattle summary, Canadian livestock prices and a weekly sheep prices summary.   

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