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Pasture and Rangeland

August the time to stockpiling bermudagrass

August is the time to begin stockpiling bermudagrass for fall-to-early-winter grazing, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor of Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Markets

BMC: Corn acreage by state (2014 vs. 2015)

The 2015 corn planted area for all purposes is estimated at 88.9 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. This represents the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010. Growers expect to harvest 81.1 million acres for grain, down 2 percent from last year. Farmers responding to the survey indicated that 98 percent of the intended corn acreage had been planted at the time of the interview, the same as the 10-year average.

Pasture and Rangeland

A 4-R program for summer grazing

With the arrival of summer we can generally expect warm to hot temperatures and less frequent rainfall. The vast majority of pastures managed for grazing in our area are composed of cool season grass species that grow best when temperatures are cool to warm and moisture is plentiful. Thus, we have the summer slump in pasture productivity.

News

BeefTalk: Pounds of calf weaned per acre

This Beeftalk concerns pounds of beef produced per acre utilizing two different types of cattle to help demonstrate what pounds of calf weaned per acre means. The information presented, at this point, is an example of production data reflecting pounds of calf weaned per acre. For this article, I will not expound on marketing options.

Cow/Calf Producer

Be patient with wet hay fields

I know many hay producers reading this article are frustrated by the rainy weather. They know that forage quality is declining with each day that goes by (and why did I have to state the obvious, right?). However, I want to urge hay producers to change their focus and be patient, to make sure their hayfields are dry enough to support their equipment before they try to get out on them once the sun starts to shine again.

Community

From the Fence Post: Collaborative efforts to better understand antibiotic resistance

From Merck Animal Health's BRD Report: From the Fence Post. As discussed in the previous post, antibiotic use doesn’t generally create resistance in individual bacteria, but we can amplify resistance in a population of bacteria by using antibiotics. While we’ll never be able to completely eliminate resistance, it’s still important to learn as much as we can about how it exists within our environment in order to slow it down.

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