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More sunshine, more rain

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
KIMBALL, Sunshine and warm temperatures across the tri-state region continued to drive winter wheat toward maturity last week. The summery conditions were also fine for powering the growth of summer crops like millet, beans, sunflowers, sugarbeets and forages.
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Zilmax has no apparent detrimental effect on cattle health

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
LINCOLN, The cattle feed additive Zilmax has no noticeable detrimental effect on cattle health or well-being, according to research by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
The study was undertaken after Zilmax's maker, Merck Animal Health, temporarily suspended sales of the additive last year when concerns emerged in some
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Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day July 29 at Lexington

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
LEXINGTON, Livestock and crop producers, custom applicators, consultants and others interested in learning more about the efficient utilization of manure are encouraged to attend the 2014 Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day July 29 at Lexington.
Manure Demonstration Day will be held at the Dawson County Fairgrounds, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Cow-calf commentary: Speaking the same language

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
It's sometimes said that England and America are two countries divided by a common language (if you have the time and interest, try researching the genesis of that saying).
When I met the Herefordshire farming couple, Elwyn and Julie Hanson, the other day, it only took a moment to discover that we speak the same language.
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Process turns barley into high-protein fish food

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
MISSOULA, Mont., A process that improves the nutritional value of barley for use in fish feed has been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Montana Microbial Products LLC (MMP) of Missoula.
Barley typically contains about 10 to 12 percent protein, but 40 to 60 percent protein is needed in diets of carnivorous fish like rainbow trout
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Goshen County Beet Growers scholarship matched and doubled at EWC

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Wyo., A gift of more $43,000 has allowed the Goshen County Beet Growers Association to boost the association's Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) scholarship endowment to over $110,000.
The gift of $43,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by the state of Wyoming Endowment Challenge matching program and will be added to the amount already in place from a
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Stripe rust, wheat stem sawfly pestering southeast Wyoming wheat fields

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., University of Wyoming (UW) scientists found stripe rust and wheat stem sawfly affecting wheat fields in southeastern Wyoming during their survey of 61 field sites.
UW Extension plant pathologist Bill Stump and research assistant Wendy Cecil, both in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, toured fields June 9-13 and June 16-17.
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Summer sunshine speeds wheat ripening

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
KIMBALL, A surprise thunderstorm popped up across the southwest Panhandle Wednesday morning.
The huge, dark gray cell covered most of a quarter of the Panhandle and delivered varying quantities of warm, welcome rain as it grumbled majestically across the prairie.
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Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Memorial Scholarship established

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
LINCOLN, The Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Memorial Scholarship for agricultural entrepreneurship students has been established in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A gift of $120,000 was made by the family and friends of Robin Coulter Lapaseotes, a rancher, community leader and entrepreneur from Bridgeport.
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Understanding Ag: Subtherapeutic antibiotic use in cattle production

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
SCOTTSBLUFF, A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report paints a picture of a "post-antibiotic era," in which common infections and minor injuries become responsible for deaths because the antibiotics used to treat them no longer work.
Fingers are pointed at food-animal agriculture for its use of "subtherapeutic" antibiotics to promote growth.
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Cow-calf commentary: A challenge for humanity

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
Touching reality
As I toil along fence rows in the hot July sun, I often think about how much I wish I could share the experience with my non-agriculturalist brothers and sisters. I suppose it would be possible, and I'll keep giving thought to a way to do it, but sharing the experience would take a lot of work.
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Panhandle Extension appoints District 4-H coordinator

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
SCOTTSBLUFF, Kelley J. Rice of Bayard has been appointed Extension educator for 4-H Youth Development for Scotts Bluff and Morrill Counties, as well as Panhandle Extension District 4-H coordinator for the 16-county district encompassing western and north-central Nebraska.
Dr. Jack Whittier, director of research and Extension announced her appointment for the Panhandle.
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Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation: Five scholarships awarded totaling $8K

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
LINCOLN, The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation has awarded five scholarships totaling $8,000 for the 2014-15 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis.
The scholarship program was initiated for the 1993-94 academic year with funding from voluntary contributions from the
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