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This section covers information pertaining to cattle feed and livestock feeding. Nutrition is an important area in livestock production. Ranches today keep a close eye on feed and nutrition. Try keyword searches like by-products, commodities, or total digestible nutrients, and you find scores of helpful articles.

Abandoned fields and low yields underscore Kansas Wheat Tour 2023

published: May 31st 2023 source: Kansas Wheat

The 2023 Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas wrapped up on May 18. During the three days of wheat scouting, tour participants traveled six routes from Manhattan to Colby to Wichita and back to Manhattan....

Texas crop and weather-May 12, 2023

published: May 12th 2023 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Corn acres are expected to increase nationally this season, while planted acres in Texas are expected to decline, according to a  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.       Much of Texas continues to experience significant drought conditions, which may be impacting planting decisions....

Surging high or record low, Mississippi River levels weigh down soybean basis

published: May 9th 2023 by: Mary Hightower source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

  LITTLE ROCK — Soybean growers might want to take a wait-and-see approach to contracting this spring until the Mississippi River is done carrying melted snowpack downstream, said Hunter Biram, extension economist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture....

Rice research

published: March 17th 2023 by: Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife Today source: Southern Livestock Standard

While Texas rice growers face a stiff challenge to fend off yield- and profit-limiting kernel smut, Texas A&M AgriLife is quickly working to find a cure as part of a national collaborative research effort....

Vitamins for beef cattle

published: February 3rd 2023 by: Eric Bailey source: Southern Livestock Standard

Vitamin needs of beef cattle can be confined largely to A, D and E. This is because bacteria in the rumen of cattle are considered to have the ability to synthesize vitamin K and the B vitamins in sufficient quantities to meet the animal's requirement....

Protein supplementation and what to know before purchasing

published: December 13th 2022 by: Hannah Smith and Travis Mulleniks source: University of Nebraska Extension

  Daily energy intake can be a limiting factor for cow performance while grazing winter range or dormant forages. As forages advance in stages of maturity, there is an inadequate supply of crude protein, which effectively limits energy intake and overall intake itself....

Rancher’s Lunchtime Series explores wintering cows with limited forage

published: November 10th 2022 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

A new round of Oklahoma State University Extension Rancher’s Thursday Lunchtime Series webinars kick off Nov. 17, focusing on wintering cows with limited forage. The OSU Extension beef cattle team will join experienced ranchers and scientists to share valuable information on production, management and marketing in the current drought....

Feed concerns as we move into winter

published: October 28th 2022 by: Matthew Diersen source: Ness School of Management and Economics

New-crop corn futures have steadily increased over the past two months. Thus, there is not any relief in sight for higher feed costs. With higher interest rates, the cost of storage becomes a larger concern....

With Mississippi River shipping at a crawl, farmers seeing prices for their grain falling

published: October 17th 2022 by: Mary Hightower source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

  LITTLE ROCK — Farmers faced with high fuel and fertilizer costs this growing season could at least look for consolation in relatively high commodity prices. However, even that right spot may be slipping away as low water on the Mississippi River slows shipping and keeps grain backing up at local elevators....

What is the real cost of mineral supplementation?

published: October 14th 2022 by: Dr. Katie VanValin source: University of Kentucky

For some management practices, calculating the return on investment is straightforward. Unfortunately, determining the cost vs. benefit of mineral supplementation is not always clear. This is why it seems when input costs go up, the mineral is one of the things that can be easy to cut out or replaced with a less expensive, lower quality option....

Supplemental feeding in a drought

published: October 14th 2022 by: Bruce B. Carpenter and Charles R. Hart source: Texas A&M University System

  When forage quality and/or quantity is affected by drought, livestock producers are usually faced with decisions about supplemental feeding. First, they must determine whether they can afford to supplement, and if so, then decide what to supplement and how to manage feeding....

Feed price implications for fall

published: September 30th 2022 by: By Dr. Kenny Burdine source: University of Kentucky

As we move into fall, we have a pretty good feel for the size of the 2022 corn crop. Acreage is down significantly from last year and yield projections were reduced by almost three bushels this month to 172....

Supplementation considerations during drought

published: September 16th 2022 by: Justin Waggoner, K-State University beef source: Southern Livestock Standard

Traditionally, when cowherd supplementation is discussed, we focus on meeting the protein needs of the cow, with the goal of maximizing forage intake by supplementing protein, the most limiting nutrient in dormant native forages....

Texas peanut production below average, prices strong

published: September 15th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  Texas peanut producers experienced tough growing conditions in 2022, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Yields were expected to be below average, but prices were stronger this season....

Texas cotton takes hit from drought

published: September 1st 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  Texas cotton growers in major production areas experienced widespread crop losses, and more acres are likely to be left unharvested due to poor plant development, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts....

Plan for backgrounding weaned calves

published: August 18th 2022 by: Phillip Lancaster source: Kansas State University Beef Institute

As we move into late summer and early fall, we begin think about weaning time. Weaning can be a stressful event and there are some techniques such as fence line weaning to reduce that stress, but the focus of our discussion today is feeding those weaned calves....

USDA: Drought drops U.S. cotton harvest to be lowest level since the 19th century

published: August 17th 2022 by: Mary Hightower source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

JONESBORO, Ark. — The United States is expected to harvest its lowest number of cotton acres since the 19th century, according to an estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “USDA projected this year's harvested acres at 7....

Drought stressed corn a feeding option

published: August 4th 2022 source: University of Nebraska Extension

Many areas are experiencing drought and lack of water for irrigation. What are the alternatives and considerations when grain harvest won’t be a viable option? When harvesting drought-stressed corn to feed, consider:   - Insurance....

Test nitrate levels before feeding failed crops

published: August 2nd 2022 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

“Look at the chemical label to make sure there isn’t a grazing or haying restriction for what you had applied,” Rocateli said. “Then sample (the crop) and send it to analysis for nitrate concentrations....

Cotton market conundrum: Prices collapse as drought prompts dryland growers to abandon acres

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Mary Hightower source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

  JONESBORO, Ark. — U.S. cotton growers pressed by drought are expected to abandon almost a third of planted acres against a backdrop of collapsing prices that are causing a bit of head scratching, Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said on Wednesday....

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