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Markets

Credit demand rises in U.S. farm economy as incomes fall

Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year, as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to reports from Federal Reserve Banks on Thursday.

Pasture and Rangeland

Organic matter serves important role in soil health

Of all the components of soil, organic matter is probably the most important and most misunderstood. Organic matter serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water in the soil, aids in reducing compaction and surface crusting, and increases water infiltration into the soil. Yet, it's often ignored and neglected. Let's examine the contributions of soil organic matter and talk about how to maintain or increase it.

Cow Calf

Monitor BCS for cow fertility

During the recent Cattlemen’s College at the Cattle Industry Convention, University of Florida animal scientist Cliff Lamb, PhD, discussed the close connection between nutrition and reproductive efficiency in beef cows. He also stressed the value of using BCS as a tool for monitoring the nutritional status of cows and thus their likelihood to breed back in a timely manner.

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