Daily Archives: June 20, 2006

Weeds the center of attention at annual field event

Weeds the center of attention at annual field event

Weeds can show up unannounced in almost every crop and farm field. At an annual Purdue University field day visitors can learn how to keep those surprise visits to a minimum.

Weed Research Field Day takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 27 at Purdue farms near Lafayette and West Lafayette, Ind. The event is free and open to the public.

Herbicide manufacturers, dealers, consultants, farmers and Extension educators are encouraged to attend. A maximum of five Continuing Credit Hours are available for 1A classification  commercial applicators.
The field day emphasizes corn, soybean and popcorn weed management programs, said Tom Bauman, Purdue Extension weed specialist and the event coordinator.

"Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with Purdue weed- science professionals," Bauman said. "This season proves to be a challenge because of the two and a half weeks of very cold and wet conditions we experienced."
Field day participants are not the only ones benefiting from the event. Purdue researchers benefit, as well, Bauman said.

"The field day allows us to interact and gain knowledge about different issues facing professionals in the field," he said. "This allows us to tailor our recommendations to the state to meet industry needs."

This year's field day is divided into a morning session at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) and an afternoon session at Throckmorton-Purdue Agricultural Center. ACRE is located about six miles west of Purdue's West Lafayette campus, off U.S. 52. Throckmorton is located south of Lafayette along U.S. 231.
During the morning session participants will have an opportunity to look at industry programs for corn, soybeans and popcorn and compare them to new herbicides, as well as evaluate the effects of varying chemical formulas on herbicide performance. Graduate students will be available to discuss their research field plots.

The afternoon session, beginning at 1:30 p.m., consists of touring weed plots at Throckmorton. Participants will view trials on the influence of various soil-applied herbicides on early season weeds in corn, giant ragweed management in soybeans and interaction of glyphosate and various tank mix products.
Participants will need to provide their own transportation from ACRE to Throckmorton, and maps will be provided at the morning session.

To register for the field day, contact Amy Deitrich at (765) 494-9871. Box lunches and refreshments will be provided for registered participants.

For more information, contact Bauman at (765) 494-4625.
he field day is sponsored by Purdue's Department of Botany and Plant

Bottom line is that's what grazing workshop's about

A workshop to help livestock producers maximize profits will be held July 7-8 at the Feldun-Purdue Agriculture Center in Lawrence County, Ind.

The workshop, Grazing 102, includes two days of information sessions featuring grazing experts from Purdue and the University of Kentucky, as well as a veterinarian. The workshop takes place from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on July 7 and 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. July 8.

"Our goal is to give people better ideas on efficiency and resource management to improve their bottom line," said Brad Shelton, Purdue Extension educator.

The workshop will cover topics relating to forage quality, health issues
associated with grazing animals, water usage, fencing systems and economic
implications of grazing.

"We would like to give producers a better understanding of how forage grows and about fencing and watering systems," Shelton said. "We want to educate them on various aspects so they can improve their operations."

Preregistration is required by June 28 due to limited space. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Purdue Forage Information Web site at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/forages/ . Completed forms should be submitted, along with the $65 registration fee, to the Washington County Extension Service, 806 Martinsburg Road, Suite 104, Salem, Ind. 47167.

The Feldun-Purdue Agriculture Center is located three miles west of Bedford, Ind., on Indiana 458.

For more information concerning the workshop or registration, contact Shelton at (812) 883-4601 or Richard Huntrods at (812) 279-8854.

Field day blends agronomic, environmental practices

Weed, disease, insect and water management share the focus during Field Crops Day. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m. July 18 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's (OARDC) Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Custar, Ohio.

The field day is free and refreshments will be provided. The OARDC and
Ohio State University Extension are event sponsors.    "We hope to provide topical and timely information that will assist the local producers in making cost-effective production decisions in their operations that are both agronomically and environmentally sound," said Matt Davis, research station manager.

The day's presentations and speakers include:

* "Preserving Glyphosate Utility in a Continuous Roundup Ready World,"
Mark Loux, weed scientist/specialist with OARDC and OSU Extension.

* "Crop Disease Concerns and Management," Anne Dorrance, OARDC and OSU
Extension plant pathologist.

* "Insect Issues Impacting Producers," Ron Hammond, OARDC entomologist.

* "Water Management," Norm Fausey, soil scientist with the U.S.Department of Agriculture's    Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct professor in Ohio State's Department of
Food,  Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.

For more information about the field day, contact Davis at (419)
257-2060 or by e-mail at davis.1095@osu.edu .

The 247-acre Northwest Agricultural Research Station is located at 4240
Range Line Road in Wood County, one mile east of state Route 235 between
Hammansburg Road and Oil Center Road, or 2.5 miles northeast of Hoytville,

Purdue and Ohio State agriculture events

June 22: Purdue Forage Day
North Liberty, Ind. (765) 494-4800.

June 22: Crop Diagnostic Training
Butlerville, Ind. (812) 458-6977.

June 27: Weed Research Field Day
Montmorenci, Ind. (765) 494-4625.

June 28: Forage Harvesting Demonstration
Field Day
Utica, Ohio. (740) 670-5315.

June 28-29: Farm Management Tour
Hamilton, Madison counties, Ind. (765) 494-4203.

June 29-30: Certified Livestock Manager Training
Wapakoneta, Ohio. (614) 387-0908.

July 1: Sheep and Goat Parasite Control Workshop
Montmorenci, Ind. (765) 494-4849.

July 8: Farm Family Day
Holmes County, Ohio. (740) 545-6349.

July 13: Mid Season Diagnostic Workshop
Montmorenci, Ind. (765) 496-3755.

July 15: Ohio Sheep Day
Howard, Ohio. (614) 246-8299.

July 16-19: Top Farmer Crop Workshop
West Lafayette, Ind. (765) 494-9557.

July 18: Farm Focus
Van Wert, Ohio. (419) 238-1214.

July 18: Field Crops Day
Custar, Ohio. (419) 257-2060.

July 20: Western Ohio Pasture Walk
Darke County, Ohio. (937) 548-5215.

Purdue Outlook: Focus On Acreage

Purdue Outlook: Focus On Acreage


The USDA will release the annual Acreage report on June 30. This year’s report has more than the normal amount of importance for the crop markets.

Producer planting intentions, as revealed in the USDA’s March 31 Prospective Plantings report, surprised the markets. Producers reported intentions to increase soybean acreage by 6.6 percent from the level of plantings in 2005. Intentions for corn were down 4.6 percent and intentions for all spring wheat acreage was down 6.4 percent. The large shift in intentions away from corn to soybeans was likely driven by the large increases in costs of producing corn and the relatively high price of soybeans in the face of historically large surpluses. The decline in intentions for spring wheat came as a surprise since wheat prices had moved sharply higher from December 2005 through February 2006.


Summer management

Summer management

Zanesville Times Recorder

With the mixed bag of weather we had this spring now a memory we need to catch up on our grazing management and plan our strategy for this fall and winter.

Take a few minutes now to inventory your pasture and hay fields. Ask yourself the following questions: How much grass do you have in each field? What is the quality? Does it need clipped? Have you harvested your excess and over mature pastures for hay? Which fields can you set aside towards the end of July or early August to stockpile forages for late fall and winter grazing? Will you have enough surplus forage to stockpile some for fall and winter feed this year? Is the color of your grasses and legumes a deep green or a splotchy yellowish green with dark green spots around the urine and dung areas? Which areas were badly abused during the wet weather? Why are some areas doing better than others? Is there anything that you have learned from your grazing experience this spring and summer that will change your management for the rest of this year or in the future?


Fight Back with Fluids

Fight Back with Fluids

by Brooke Byrd
Angus Journal

In herds with diarrhea problems, treatment should begin even before a diagnosis can be made, says Ohio State University Extension veterinarian Bill Shulaw. Regardless of the cause, “maintaining hydration is crucial, because usually it’s dehydration and electrolyte loss that are at the root of the illness,” he explains.

“That’s where fluid therapy comes in,” he continues. “There’s hardly a time that fluid therapy isn’t indicated, whenever you have a diarrhea problem.” …


Tired Of Beef? Minnesota Man Offering Yak Meat

Tired Of Beef? Minnesota Man Offering Yak Meat


(AP) Cold Spring, Minn. Craving yak steak, jerky or roast? Then John Hooper is your man.

Central Minnesota’s self-titled “Yak-Man” has 55 full-blooded yak and more than 20 yak/beef cattle crosses. He believes it’s the largest yak herd in the eastern half of North America, a boast the International Yak Association backs.

The yak association endorses the red meat as a healthier choice over beef. Yak meat is lower in fat and calories and higher in protein than beef, the group says.

“It won’t replace beef but there is a niche market for people who are concerned about their health,” said Hooper.


Infected feed likely cause of Canada mad cow case

Infected feed likely cause of Canada mad cow case

KTIC Radio

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 16 (Reuters) – The investigation into Canada’s most recent case of mad cow disease has found that contaminated feed was the likely source of the infection and might provide a link to an earlier case, officials said on Friday.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the specific source of the infection, reported in April, was not found, but it said there was a feed ingredient supplier in common with a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy that was discovered in a Canadian cow in January.

“This potential link suggests that all of Canada’s BSE cases fall within the same geographic cluster, which is reflective of feed sourcing, production and distribution patterns,” the inspection agency said in a press release.


Wet and cool weather can be a hay headache

Wet and cool weather can be a hay headache

By Alex Paul
For the Corvallis Gazette-Times

A few mid-valley farmers and ranchers were fortunate enough to put up hay while the sun shone in the mid-valley a few weeks ago, but many more are anxiously waiting to get forage into bales because of recent rain and cool weather.

“Most of Western Oregon is experiencing this problem,” said Shelby Filley, an Oregon State University Extension Service livestock and forage specialist based in Roseburg. “Rain can cause nutrients to leach out of the hay. Of course, a lot depends on how good the forage is to begin with.”


Bill Would Track Cattle and Poultry

Bill Would Track Cattle and Poultry

by Leah George

With the summer grilling season upon us, New York’s senior U.S. Senator believes the confidence in the safety of America’s consumer meat products is sizzling away with each flip of a burger.

Senator Chuck Schumer touted legislation in Rochester Monday he says would restore that confidence.


Missouris Big Beef

Missouri’s Big Beef


Missouri has 100,000 farms, about 5% of all U.S. farms. However, Missouri is the nation’s second-largest cattle producer and the Show-Me State produces the most angus beef in the world.

“We have over $1.5 billion in sales in the cattle industry in Missouri each year,” said Brent Bryant of the state Cattlemen’s Association. “And 68,000 farm families raise cattle in Missouri, so it has a huge impact on the local and state economy.”


U.S. cattle group favors ban on Japanese beef, additional sanctions

U.S. cattle group favors ban on Japanese beef, additional sanctions

Agriculture Online

Two U.S. cattle groups want more help from the government in reopening trade with countries such as Japan and South Korea.

Following the December 2003 discovery in Washington state of an imported Canadian cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more than 50 countries closed their markets to U.S. beef. Now, almost three years later, these markets still remain largely closed.


Japan Closer to Lifting Ban on U.S. Beef

Japan Closer to Lifting Ban on U.S. Beef

By Associated Press / Newsday
June 20, 2006, 1:41 AM EDT

TOKYO — Japan moved closer to lifting a ban on U.S. beef imports as officials from the two countries were to hold a teleconference later Tuesday to discuss conditions of resuming shipments, a Japanese health official said.

The two sides are expected to reach an agreement on Japan’s lifting of beef import ban at the teleconference, Kyodo News agency reported.

Agriculture Minister Shoichi Nakagawa and Health Minister Jiro Kawasaki both called for an inspection of all imported U.S. beef products when they return to the Japanese market, said Health Ministry spokesman Yutaka Yokomizo.