Agronomy news and promotions Agronomy
Conventional wisdom has held that open cows should be sold after pregnancy detection, but should this practice always be followed without question?
How should you use the profits made from the record calf prices?
Early firing is a nitrogen deficiency symptom in corn. Growers wishing to check the effectiveness of their nitrogen practices may perform the end-of-season cornstalk nitrate test.
Large feed supplies, low feed costs, and a smaller swine supply should equal good news for hog producers.
Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields.
Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements.
Interesting weather throughout the spray season has left some fields with more weed problems than normal.
Beef cattle producers can expect to continue to see record prices for beef this year.

Energy news and promotions Energy
Energy News
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose.
Corn prices are less than half of the price at this time in 2013.
Price of gas this summer should stay below $4 per gallon in the Midwest barring any distribution of supply.
The new Farm Bill increases funding for energy conservation practice implementation. MSU Extension programs target dairy farmers who want to implement energy conservation practices to reduce energy costs.
The new crude oil production from shale formations like the Bakken in North Dakota are making a huge difference in the U.S. energy profile.
Americans are developing technology and producing more energy products within its borders.
In August two milestones in North Dakota energy production were passed; 900,000 barrels of oil per day and 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
This story is featured in our December 2013 "Solutions" magazine - read the complete article here.

Feed news and promotions Feed
Feed News
Whole-plant moisture content should be the trigger for when to harvest corn silage.
As most feed prices have fallen nationally more feed use is expected. However, not all feed prices have fallen.
This is the time of the year that we need to be thinking about how to manage and minimize corn silage shrink losses.
Storing forage properly can prevent the loss of nutrients.
Weather conditions this spring and summer in the region appear to have been favorable for a certain kind of poisoning that can affect cattle on pasture.
Researchers at the University of Illinois are evaluating new low-fat DDGS products for use in swine diets.
If you are considering planting a cover crop after grain harvest, consider whether the planting might also serve as fall forage for livestock.
Warm-season annuals are excellent options to consider as a way to increase a farm or ranch’s forage production.

Grain news and promotions Grain
Grain News
The USDA’s Crop Production report, to be released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service on Oct. 10, may contain revised estimates of planted and harvested acreage of corn and soybeans.
University of Missouri Extension offers farmers help and options to store and dry 2014’s bumper corn crop.
With such a large harvest, the estimate of Sept. 1 stocks of old-crop corn will have less importance that in previous years.
Only running the fan during the warmer and drier portion of the day lengthens the drying time.
All storage options should keep the grain dry and provide adequate aeration.
The process of monitoring corn consumption and corn consumption prospects in the three major categories of feed, ethanol, and exports is under way.
The debate about the size of the USDA’s final estimate of the 2014 U.S. average corn and soybean yields continues.
Farmers should look now for storage options for 2014’s bumper corn harvest.

Grain Notes
Grain Notes: 9/22/2014
Some talk in the markets today of national corn yields pushing 180 bushels per acre. This coming from the market recognition that in the most recent record crop years of 1994 and 2004, the final US corn yields were as much as 10 bushels per acre above the September estimate. In September USDA estimated the 2014 corn crop at 171.7 bushels per acre.

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