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October 10, 2011 Agriculture Column


What a spell we had for fall harvest.  Most all of the soybeans have been harvested along with the edible bean crop.  One might say that “so what” but we normally have a few harvest clichés along the way and this bean harvest went unscathed for many days, to the point that corn has been harvested.  The corn harvest looks to be pretty decent with considering the frost we had several weeks ago.  With harvest nearing completion it is also a great time to be thinking about weaning those spring calves, however before we do that we need to get ready for them. Is the manure all hauled out and pens cleaned, is the feeding facilities cleaned, repaired and ready for those calves challenging every move you make, is the water supply operational and cleaned and lastly have you thought about a prepared ration, using the available feed sources.  Some might say that the above mentioned items are not important but you could do a study, within your own cattle feeding style of having prepared for the weaned claves or not having prepared you will find a reduced rate of gain and could lead to a large disadvantage in the market place.  I have been to many sales at Lake Region Livestock and quality fed cattle sell at a premium.  Jim and the crew always have a great supply of active buyers looking for those good quality calves and delivering those kind of calves is not hard but takes good management.


How many of you have traveled to the saline demo site that is installed west of Edmore along highway 17 (3.5 miles, Bob and Doug Freije farm).  I am very amazed at the increased green mass that was established this summer.  It is very hard for me to believe that the saline tile has accomplished that much good already but there was a surprising amount of green growing in the tilled area.  Some might say “so what” but considering the crop rotation was slated for soybeans this year the growth is remarkable.  Beans are not very tolerant to saline conditions and there was actually soybeans growing, granted not to the point of profitability but never the less growing.  I had a master’s class this past summer that required me to take notes of the growing conditions to include seed germination, seed viability, seed emergence and seed growth.  I studied 35 different sites down the slope of the trial and will visit with you about these results at Lake Region Roundup, which reminds me that Lake Region Roundup will be January 3-4 of 2012.


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