Month: March 2015


The Big 60 Means 60 Percent Calved in 21 Days!

The big 60 means that 60 percent of the cows calved in the first 21 days of the calving season. That is achievable, doable and good. Sixty percent was the goal. The evaluation of the cattle business is ongoing, and producers always should take advantage of the quick and easy ways to evaluate the operation. […]

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Managing Bunk Silos for Maximum Forage Quality – Ukrainian Style

During a recent trip to Ukraine for the 2015 Ukraine Dairy Congress, I had the opportunity to visit two dairy operations near the capitol city of Kyiv. These modern dairy farms were both excellent examples of how the Ukrainian dairy industry in Eastern Europe is becoming more efficient, productive and profitable. Many of the management […]

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USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision to Limit Payments to Non-Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. In the Farm Bill, Congress […]

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Applying Nitrogen Fertilizer to Wheat in Early Spring

Early spring is the time wheat growers implement nitrogen (N) fertilization strategies. This means estimating the amount of N needed and estimating how much of the N might be lost due to excessive rainfall and saturated soils. Michigan State University Extension recommends approximately 1.1 pounds per acre of fertilizer N per bushel of potential yield […]

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Has Hydrocarbon Production and Supplies Met 2003 Forecast?

We are in a very interesting point in history. The world has numerous options and technologies to provide energy. In the realm of hydrocarbons where are we compared to predictions made in 2003? Where we were in 2003? In 2003 there was concern about rapidly rising natural prices and short supplies. In his testimony to […]

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