Controlling Pocket Gophers in Hay Fields

  The Southeastern Pocket Gopher, Geomys pinetis, sometimes called “Sandy-Mounders,”  is a native rodent wildlife species in most of Florida, Southern Alabama, and Southern Georgia.  They are typically found in fields with sandy, well-drained soils that are fairly common in the coastal plains.  Sandy fields are not the best sites for cropping, but are commonly…

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Time to Re-Visit Drought Plans for the Ranch: March 2018 Update

By : Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist, SDSU Natural Resource Management Department, Courtesy of     Figure 1. U.S. Drought Monitor (March 13, 2018). Current Drought Conditions The recently released United States Drought Monitor map (Figure 1) indicates that Western and Central South Dakota still remain in severe drought conditions to…

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Lincoln, Nebraska, March 15, 2018 – The average for Nebraska agricultural land values has declined by 3 percent over the last year, according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Farm Real Estate Market Survey. This marks the fourth-consecutive year of decline. Market values have dropped 17 percent since reaching a high of $3,315…

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Considering feed-through fly control this year?

By : Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor, UT Beef Cattle Extension Specialist   Feed-through fly control has without doubt become one of the most popular types of feed additives utilized in pasture-based beef production systems. As a result, many floor-stocked free-choice mineral supplements and other feed products containing one of these technologies will soon become…

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Why are there regulations on manure use for food safety?

Answered by Jodie Reisner, CCA-SSp, USDA-NRCS Regulation on manure and food safety is helping growers and consumers alike. Manure, quite plainly, is animal refuse. It’s not the same as human refuse, because cows, horses, sheep, etc. eat a plant-based diet. This means their wastes are made mostly of digested grains and forage grasses. And that…

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