DON’T CUT CORNERS ON COW DIETS

By Raylene Nickel Cutting corners on cow nutrition may save on feed costs in the short term, but the long-range consequences could be more costly and more far reaching than expected. Research has shown that calves born to cows whose diets were nutritionally restricted during gestation experience long-term losses in performance, as compared with progeny ... Read More »

9 THINGS EVERY LANDOWNER MUST DO BEFORE RENTING LAND

By Corbett Kull It’s almost time for farmers and landlords to begin negotiating their leases for the 2020 growing season. With 40% of U.S. farmland rented, this market is worth $32 billion. As you begin to consider the next growing season, you have the opportunity to make adjustments and gain new insight into the health ... Read More »

BEING A BAD INFLUENCE

By Brent Olson I was headed down the road with three grandchildren when we smelled that summertime gift of rural roads, a dead skunk. Everyone made the appropriate noises, opened windows, and gagged a little. To change the mood I said, “Hey, let’s all sing that dead skunk song.” “There is no dead skunk song, ... Read More »

DIGITAL DIVIDE PERSISTS, THOUGH 53% OF FARMS CONDUCT BUSINESS ON INTERNET

By Chuck Abbott More than half of U.S. farm operators say they do business over the internet, a 13-point increase in six years, as ownership of computers and access to the internet blossomed, according to USDA. Nonetheless, the Pew Research Center says rural Americans are much less likely than their city counterparts to have a ... Read More »

PHILIPPINES CHECKS FOR AFRICAN SWINE FEVER AS PIG DEATHS RISE

MANILA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The Philippines has set up a crisis management team to determine if the deadly African swine fever virus has reached the country after officials detected a rise in pig deaths in some areas. The Bureau of Animal Industry had reported an increased mortality of pigs “raised by farmers in their ... Read More »