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October 15, 2012 Agriculture Column


Some really nice weather, as of late, and hopefully harvest has gone smoothly for you.  Corn yields have been good, even with the dry weather we had this summer.  Our crops in general were better than expected with the exception of Canola.  Canola was still o.k. but not what was anticipated.  The very warm weather did play a role in pollination and Aster yellows played a very big role in the limiting the yields on some varieties and areas.  I am a part timer for the cultivating tractor but have done some work the last two weeks and am pleasantly surprised by the change some rain makes in the operation.  I worked some soybean ground before the rains and it was terribly dry however did work quite well but now the ground is working very nicely.  I am still very worried about the lack of subsoil moisture as we discussed during Lake Region Extension Roundup meeting.  There have been some sights dug that had corn and soybean roots searching for moisture down to 12 feet in depth.  That tells me that we are in need of moderation moisture for the next growing crop; however timely rains can really moderate those conditions during the growing season.

Ranchers’ night out

We are getting to that time of year for the cow herd to come home for the winter feeding season.  With that being said we have planned a ranchers night out to discuss some issues that could arise during this feeding winter.  On the agenda is discussion on feeding the cow for an the next breeding season.  Winters can be very difficult on the cow and keeping the body score up will definitely increase the likely hood of an in season breeding cycle.  Another topic than becomes how do we use a balanced ration to maintain that body score.  We will have feedstuffs, from a local ranch, to demonstrate how to determine the proper ration using the feedstuffs the producer has available to them.  We will also have those feedstuffs available for you to look at.  I know some of you might say “who cares” but I would argue that have you done a feed analysis on any feedstuffs lately.  Feeding this low quality CRP can/will get you.  On the other side of the coin we do have a few producers in the northern area of North Dakota with limited feed stuffs and have a short session on limit feeding by using available feed by-products.  Lastly we have a very discussion on nitrate poisoning.  Due to the dry conditions this summer nitrate poisoning could be an issue with some of our feedstuffs.  So, with this all being said a Ranchers Night Out is planned for November 14-15.  There will be three sessions: one will be held in Rolette County (Nov. 14th) , one in Walsh County (morning of Nov. 15th) and Devils Lake will be held at the Lake Region Sale barn (the evening of November 15th).  Supper (Rocky Mountain oysters and chili) will begin at 5 pm with meeting to start at 6 pm.  We will have you on the road by 7:30.  Look forward to seeing you on the 15th.


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