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March Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK: FOOD FACTS

We have all heard the oft-repeated United Nations’ prediction for global population growth of about 9.2 billion people by 2050. And no one expects a reduction in population until after 2100. With more of us humans bustling around the planet, more food will need to be grown on the same, or even less, land. read more

ALUMNI CORNER:
RETHINKING NEONICOTINOID SEED TREATMENTS

Few farmers will hesitate to protect their crops against pest damage. In the interest of environmental stewardship, however, they may want to rethink some of the methods they currently use to manage insects, according to recent research. read more

WITHIN-FIELD VARIABLE SOIL POTASSIUM LEVELS

A recent farm magazine article discussed the problem of variable soil test potassium levels within a field. In an Oklahoma pasture the soil test K level based on a whole-field sample was rated adequate at 131 ppm, but grid sampling found K levels varying from 9 to 301 ppm — from very low to very high. read more

SUCCESSFUL ANIMAL WELFARE PLANNING ON DAIRY FARMS

Animal welfare guidelines are common place in agriculture today. However, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to evaluating and implementing animal welfare plans. Some farms or companies require third-party audits based on industry wide recommendations, while some prefer in-house auditing which often times has more strict regulations. read more

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WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

It’s the dead of winter here at Miner Institute with spring nowhere in sight. Barn employees are hard at work making sure the waterers don’t freeze, the barn alleyways stay scraped, and the animals have plenty of quality feed in front of them and bedding underneath them (and of course trying to stay warm in the process!) read more

THE 2015 SEASON IS OFF TO A FRIGID START

I probably will not get too much dissent when I say that 2015 is off to a frigid start! After slightly warmer than average temperatures last fall, January and February 2015 have been colder than normal. read more

MYCOTOXINS: WHY IN MY SILAGE?

By definition, silage is the preservation by fermentation of green forage. There is a reason for the inclusion of the term “green” in this definition, and this is mainly important for corn under our temperate climate. read more

FARMERS SHARE REASONS FOR USING
AUTOMATED HEAT DETECTION SYSTEMS

Automated heat detection systems are becoming more and more popular throughout the U.S. and Canada. The systems are typically based on activity measured by one of two types of technologies. read more

EFFECT OF FROST DAMAGE AND FUNGAL GROWTH OF CORN LEAF NDFD

Remember last fall, corn silage harvest time? Yeah, seems like ages ago what with all this record cold and snow. We had a hard, hard frost which killed much of the top third of our corn plants on September 19. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

Marriage requires commitment. So does insanity. Coincidence?

 

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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