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Grass tetany, causes and prevention

Grass growth is starting and one potential problem that can be encountered early in the grazing season by livestock is grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is caused by a low blood magnesium level in the affected animal. FULL STORY »

Nontoxic fescue varieties ready; produce more beef on fewer acres

Cattle producers facing fewer grazing acres for herd expansion can boost beef production with better grass. FULL STORY »

Water Supply Forecast: Record snow in Northwest, dry Southwest

March storms increased snowpack in the northern half of the West but didn’t provide much relief for the dry southern half, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) in its April 2014 water supply forecast. FULL STORY »

Beef Checkoff presents the power of Umami

The beef checkoff, through its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), made a positive impact on the nearly 500 culinary students, chef instructors and restaurant operators at the 2014 Northeast American Culinary Federation (ACF) Conference in Providence, R.I. April 11-14. FULL STORY »

Soy, cotton futures led the ag markets Wednesday morning

Continued talk of accelerated plantings is depressing corn futures. Although surging soy prices are likely supporting the corn market, forecasts for persistent short-term dryness have persuaded traders that Midwest plantings will accelerated during the days ahead. FULL STORY »

What’s in your Balage? Inadequate fermentation may risk Botulism

Round bale silage is an alternative to baling dry hay that allows shorter hay curing time and saves valuable nutrients in the face of approaching adverse weather conditions. FULL STORY »

The critical role of broadleaf pollinator plants in pastures

In February, grassland professionals from SDSU and Pheasants Forever were invited to address the annual SD Weed and Pest Conference about the role of pollinator species in grasslands. FULL STORY »

Corn procurement strategies for cattle feeders

Last fall's record-large 13.925 billion bushel corn crop drove prices down and helped restore profitability and optimism to the cattle feeding sector at the beginning of the year. FULL STORY »

Wholesale Prices Peak

The wholesale beef market enjoyed an extraordinary first quarter this year. The comprehensive boxed beef cutout (averaging wholesale prices for Choice, Select, Branded and other categories of beef) gained a little over 18 percent between the first of the year and the end of March. FULL STORY »

After Japan beef deal, Australia eyes cattle sales to China

Hot on the back of winning lower tariffs for beef exports from its largest buyer Japan, Australia is setting its sights on winning another major prize for its beef industry by persuading China to open its market to live cattle sales. FULL STORY »

Texas town eyes new fertilizer plant a year after deadly blast

Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless and uprooted trees surround boarded-up homes spray-painted with "OK." FULL STORY »

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