Thursday, September 29, 2016

It is the Red Bull power drink for calves, and then some. We tend to take colostrum for granted, not fully appreciating how amazing this first milk is.

Weather conditions have been highly variable this summer. As I drive through northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania, I see beautiful fields of corn, and a few miles away I see drought-stunted fields where it looks like corn is already dying.

Imagine a couple thousand research and extension types from all over the world in one place. No, not the plot for the latest horror movie, but a description of the Cincinnati Convention Center last week.

About 250 representatives of agribusiness corporations, academia, governments and non-governmental organizations attended the World Ag Forum in St.

Now that school is out, students may be looking for a summer job baling hay, milking cows, picking vegetables or assisting with many of the other daily tasks on your farm.

Managing dairy heifer calves is right up there with dairy farm finances in my book. There is no future dairy business without either one of them.

Would you trade places with your cows - especially on a 90-degree and humid day? If your cows are in a well-ventilated barn with fans properly spaced and maintained, you might.

Feed is the most expensive input on a dairy farm. Dairy operations typically incur annual feed expenses amounting to $1,000 to $1,200 per cow per year.

"Silos go to Preschool," "Grown Men Get Paid to Work with Playdough," "Where Playdough and Silo Meet" or "Dairy Farms are Future Site of World Record Playdough Production" might have set the stage for what was to come.

In response to the appearance of Phakospora pachyrhizi, or soybean rust, in the United States, the USDA developed a federal, state, university and industry framework for surveillance, reporting, prediction and management of soybean rust for the 2005 growing season.
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