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March 10, 2014 Agriculture Column

Howdy!!!

Wow what a weekend, beautiful weather, great Division 1 matchup between Duke and North Carolina (my longtime favorite Duke pulling out front), Class B boys basketball (what games throughout the tournament) and we cannot forget about our Lake Region Lady Royals.  Congratulations on earning your journey to the national tournament in Salina, Kansas.  I am actually hoping to travel down to watch many of the lady Royals games in Kansas.  Class B boys basketball was extremely entertaining.  The champion game was something else with three pointers launched time after time with huge success.  Now this week the Class B girls regional starts and don’t plan on missing many of them with the state next week.  Depending on the schedule of games in Kansas we are hoping to be back in time to watch the championship game in Fargo.

This weather was certainly a great change from what we have had.  I know the cattleman were extremely pleased with the different weather temperament.  Speaking of cattle, prices are better than ever recorded and the cattle people are way overdue; and with that said it is logical that we go to extremes to save every calf that we can.  Ranchers are very good at that anyway but as we warm up and the lots become sloppy so does the risk of pneumonia and other scour issues arise.  I had heard Al Gustin (KFYR, Bismarck) talk about cattle bedding and talked very highly of corn stover for bedding.  I had never thought of it that way but after being exposed to it found that it is highly effective in keeping the lot much drier, meaning the cattle stay drier and warmer.  If you have never tried this strategy try looking some corn stover up next year of even this year and you will find it quite useful in you herd management strategies. 

Pesticide training

Pesticide training starts this week, Thursday, March 13 at the Hampden Senior Center.  This training starts at 1 pm.  If your private certification is up this spring (you should have received notice that you certification has expired) this is one training you might consider.  We are offering two other trainings; one Thursday, March 27 6:00 PM and Tuesday, April 1, 6:00 pm.  If you cannot make any of these trainings the counties around also have different training dates so give us a call and get registered for one their trainings.  If you miss the deadline of April 1 you will be  required to take the pesticide test again and I hope that does not happen.

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