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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Monthly Archives: March 2011

Glen Tonsor, agricultural economist at K-State noted in a recent intervue with Meatingplace that U.S. cattlemen can expect high cattle prices to continue through 2011. Here is a recap of the comments that I thought most interesting.

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  According to the current CME livestock report drought conditions in the Southern Plains have worsened in recent weeks and this has led to speculation that it will tend to push more beef cows to market

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Dr. Todd Baughman, Extension Agronomist for the Rolling Plains, reports no rust or disease currently visible in the Rolling Plains and the main issue is drought and brown wheat mites.  However, if leaf or stripe rust is identified in their fields, producers need to remember that for these diseases, the cheapest treatment is also one of the most effective.

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Brown wheat mites are developing into a major concern in the Rolling Plains and West Central regions of the state. Dr. Todd Baughman, Extension Agronomist for the Rolling-Plains, reports that no rust or disease is currently visible in Rolling Plains with the main issue being drought and brown wheat mites. Army cutworm has been problem in some fields. Aphids have not progressed to significant levels but dominated by bird cherry oat aphid which could lead to heavy barley yellow dwarf virus later in the season.

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The European farmers’ unions (Copa-Cogeca) have warned that EU livestock farmers face a “drastic situation” as they are squeezed by high input costs and low prices.

According to the farmer’s union, imports from non-EU countries are increasing, and they do not face the same production costs or meet the EU’s high food safety, welfare and environmental standards.

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March 15th marks National Agriculture Day. It falls during National Ag Week, March 13-19, 2011, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

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Since many fruit trees are coming into bloom, honeybees will be on the move. During the next few weeks homeowners may see swarms beginning to show up on there trees on around their house. Since there is a sevre shortage of homeybees, local bee keepers will pickup gentle honeybees free for the the honeybees.

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