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Minn. officials target nitrates contaminating groundwater
Minnesotans are spending millions of dollars to deal with nitrate contamination in their water, and the state agriculture department says it’s time to insist that farmers do more to prevent the problem.
Tuesday, July, 08, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Reflections of a reluctant farm kid
Once upon a time, there was a little farm girl who longed for city life. Every day she thought, “I will never ever live on a farm, when I grow up.” She gaped with wide eyes and an open mouth the first time she entered a real shopping mall.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Organization recommends conservation measures
LYONS, Neb. — On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Center for Rural Affairs and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released recommendations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding conservation programs implementation under the 2014 farm bill.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - - News

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Mud can reduce cattle performance, feed efficiency
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The performance and cost of gain to background or finish cattle depends in large part on the quality of their feeding environment — as little as 4 to 8 inches of mud can reduce performance and feed efficiency by about 13 percent, says Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - - News

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USDA report shows large corn, soybean stocks
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Grain Stocks report showed much larger June 1 stocks of both corn and soybeans than had been anticipated by the market. The Acreage report revealed much larger acreage of soybeans than had been anticipated, according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - University of Illinois - News

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Gardening for self sufficiency
I grew up with a garden, not that I was always appreciative of the fact or thrilled with the idea of pulling weeds or picking beans. I did like the tilling. Like most young boys, the tiller with its noisy gas motor and the ability to power pulverize dirt and old plants and weeds had its allure.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Sunflower hybrid performance differs by region
DEADWOOD, S.D. — New research shows how regional changes can influence the yield on a particular sunflower hybrid — either for better or worse. The study is especially important because of the shift of sunflowers from the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota farther west in North Dakota and into South Dakota.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Blue-green algae poisons livestock
Several livestock deaths have been attributed to blue-green algae poisoning in North Dakota recently, putting livestock producers and veterinarians on alert.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - - News

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Soybean growers welcome higher biodiesel blend, but there are critics
Spring was wet and difficult, and many of Bill and Karolyn Zurn’s late-planted soybeans are still small and scant in the soggy soil. The Callaway, Minn., farm couple won’t harvest a good crop this fall unless the rest of the growing season cooperates.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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More of Calif. experiencing most severe drought conditions
As California enters summer with a below-normal mountain snowpack to feed its streams and reservoirs, the portion of the parched state experiencing exceptionally severe drought conditions is growing, experts say.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Reuters - News

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USDA announces funding for honeybee habitats
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on June 20 announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honeybee populations.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag career enhancement program grows
FARGO, N.D. — Rachel Schroeder and Jeanne Rosenau, both juniors at North Dakota State University in Fargo, have a passion for agriculture and want a place in its future.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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A decent year for peas
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — It has been a decent marketing year for peas. Enough moved by container that Canadian exports were actually higher than a year ago and the high price of soymeal kept peas competitive in feed rations all winter.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Wheat leads the charge
Wheat traded with gains last week with weather concerns continuing to be the main supporting factor. This time it is too much rain in the Southern Plains, which in turn is delaying harvest. Additional support came from technical buying as wheat traded to support.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Competition forces some bulls out of pens
Most bulls can fill feedlot pens, but some are herd bulls and some aren’t. Every year, the competition in the bull pen gets tougher, so some bulls need to leave.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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4-H program encourages safe interaction with horses
WILLMAR, Minn. — High-school-aged 4-H club members spent their day on June 17 teaching younger kids about horses for the annual “I Wish I had a Horse Day” on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar, Minn.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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EPA will study effects of pesticides
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on June 20 announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honeybee populations.
Friday, June, 20, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Pests, weeds could be a struggle for farmers in late-season planting
Farmers in the region are nearly finished with their planting, making headway in sunny spurts despite considerable delays during the spring. Still, disagreeable temperatures and long bouts of rain will leave crops in the ground more susceptible to pests, weeds and bad weather, producers and experts say.
Friday, June, 20, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Flooding, rains could increase corn rootworm mortality rates
Flooding and high soil moisture have negative impacts on soil-dwelling insects and without a doubt the most important pest affected by heavy rains in our area is corn rootworm, explains Ada Szczepaniec, South Dakota State University Extension entomology specialist.
Thursday, June, 19, 2014 - - News

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Deadly pig virus cases projected to surge after summer
U.S. veterinarians are warning that outbreaks of a deadly pig virus will climb this autumn after a summertime hiatus, likely killing another 2.5 million pigs in the next 12 months and amplifying an increase in pork prices.
Thursday, June, 19, 2014 - Reuters - News

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