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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pasture conditions were improving in counties that got rain last week. The rain also gave irrigated cotton a boost. Dryland cotton was still trying to hang on. Producers in some areas were preparing land for wheat and oats, and expected to begin planting soon. In other counties, hot temperatures and no rain stressed cotton and pastures. Early planted forages, including wheat and triticale, were not germinating because of dry conditions. Peanuts were in fair condition. The fall-calving season was ongoing. Spring calving producers who hadn’t weaned calves early were weaning them now. The peach harvest neared completion. Pecans looked good with some producers spraying for weevils. Stock tanks were still dry in some areas.

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Effective today, the agencies of the Texas A&M University System formally add “A&M” into their names. This effort, approved by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents, aligns the names of System entities across Texas. This unified branding allows us to capitalize on our close ties to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University as well as the strong land-grant tradition.

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This week I have had several calls asking if it was time to spray for pecan weevils. Looking at the calendar, it is time; looking at the trees, I have only seen evidence of weevils in one tree. In talking to local commercial growers one orchard sprayed over the weekend even though they had only identified two weevils.

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