The William H. Miner

Agricultural Research Institute

Miner Institute
Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK:
ONE MORE LOOK AT MIXED PARITY PENS

Let’s focus on the first-calf heifer competing in a mixed pen with older, mature cows. Many heifers will struggle to meet their genetic potential when competing with older cows – and it is not a new story. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: WHAT SHOULD WE BE MEASURING IN SOILS?

In a few weeks corn will be chopped and it will be time to start taking soil samples. But what samples should you be taking? How should you take them? What tests should you run? read more

IS THE REPLACEMENT OF STARCH WITH NON-FORAGE FIBER SOURCES A GOOD IDEA DURING TIMES OF HEAT STRESS?

During months of high heat stress, total dry matter intake for lactating dairy cows often decreases and meal frequency is reduced. However, the amount consumed per meal increases, resulting in what’s commonly called ‘slug-feeding’. read more

CHANGE CAN BE A GOOD THING

Dairy cows are often part of an ever-changing world in which they must adapt and cope with frequent changes in both their internal and external environment. read more

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BRING THE HEAT

This summer, as an Agricultural Research Intern at Miner Institute I learned hands-on research techniques and how to design and conduct a research study. I am a senior Animal Science major at the University of Tennessee-Martin read more

FINISHING OFF THE 2014 CORN CROP: BRING ON THE HEAT

While the 2014 corn season got off to a slow start with a wet May, June, July and August brought well-timed rainfall and adequate heat to support good to very good corn growth in many locations. read more

MANAGING NON-POINT SOURCE
POLLUTION PATHWAYS IN AGRICULTURE

This past July I had the opportunity to attend the SERA-17 (Southern Extension and Research Activity) annual meeting in Des Moines, IA. SERA-17’s mission is to develop and support best management practices aimed at minimizing phosphorus (P) losses from agriculture read more

ADVANTAGES OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) CORN IN DAIRY CROP ROTATIONS

Genetically modified (GM) corn was first introduced to the commercial corn market in 1996. GM corn was adopted rapidly and by 2012 approximately 88% of the total corn planted in the US contained at least one GM trait. read more

YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT'S BEEN!
TROUBLESHOOTING LICKING BEHAVIOR

Recently while in the barn a coworker pointed out a fresh cow licking the floor around the outside of her pen. He asked me if many of the cows in the pen displayed this behavior. Over the course of the next week I watched groups of fresh, dry, and close-up cows to see how many of the cows were licking the floor. read more

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

I will be closing my chapter with Miner Institute in just one short week and will be opening a new one with Northstar Select Sires, breeding cows back in my hometown of Lansing, Michigan. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

 

The Miner Institute Farm Report is written primarily for farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. Most articles deal with dairy and crops topics, but also included are articles dealing with environmental issues and global agriculture as well as editorial commentary.

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