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October 8, 2012 Agriculture Column

Howdy!!!

What a beautiful rain last week!!!  I know that some might say that they wonder if we were actually that dry as some water was sitting in some places.  I have been around the area to include my yard and watering my trees would indicate no subsoil moisture so more water is needed between and the next growing season.  Now, when I say more water, I mean in moderation.  The big lake is dropping and that is really good news for many of our producers but we do still need to raise a crop next year.  Even though we got a very beneficial rain last week I am going to add a little info about carry over in some of the pesticides we use do to a lack of water to disperse the herbicide and allow an alternative crop be grown.

Dry conditions can extend the period required for herbicide breakdown. Residual products registered for use the fall before seeding can cause herbicide carryover damage if drought conditions prevent timely breakdown. Several products with high carryover risk are broken down almost exclusively through hydrolysis — the process of water splitting the herbicide molecule in two. Hydrolytic breakdown of herbicides decreases in drought, as you can imagine, and adsorption of herbicide to soil particles is increased, both of which will increase carryover and cause crop sprouting problems, next spring.  .

Ranchers night out

Hey ranchers!!!!!, Ranchers night out is back and will be better than ever. We will be holding Ranchers night out on November 15th, Lake Region Livestock, with supper beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will begin at 6.  Topics will include how can we enhance the following breeding season conception rates with the feedstuffs we have, running an actual ration for both backgrounding calves and wintering cows, nitrate problems, limit feeding (using a smaller portion of feed) and by-products availability and how to feed them.mixed into a ration that is a balanced ration.  We will be out of the meeting by 7:30.  So come early, eat Rocky Mountain oysters and chili soup and be home to watch your favorite t.v. program early.

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