Agriculture Spring Prep

Agriculture Spring PrepReady for Spring? Spring in the U.S. means different things to different frames and ranches. What do those on the ranch or farm do to prepare for the seasonal changes? This #AgChat brings in questions about the time of year and what decisions need to be made before the next season arrives.

DairyCast 0467 - Aflatoxin Issues and Answers for 2012 Corn

DairyCast 0467 Show Notes:
  • Kansas State's Dr. Joel DeRouchey discusses the aflatoxin issue and options for livestock producers in the months ahead as we feed out the 2012 crop. 

DairyCast 0466 - Best Management Practices Using Antimicrobials In Dairy Herds

DairyCast 0466 Show Notes:
  • Following another good presentation in the 2012 World Dairy Expo Seminar series, I spoke with Dr. Geof Smith, Associate Professor at North Carolina State's School of Vet Medicine about his presentation on 'Avoiding Drug Residues in the Dairy Industry'.

DairyCast 0465 - Nutrition Challenges/Opportunities In 2013

DairyCast 0465 Show Notes:
  • Purina Animal Nutritionist Martha Baker reminds us high grain prices beget high milk prices and producers need to watch marginal milk production in addition to their bottom line.  

DairyCast 0464 - Where Did The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Originate?

DairyCast 0464 Show Notes:
  • The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge has introduced young people to our industry and opened the eyes of a few more 'experienced' hands in management and production issues.  At World Dairy Expo, NAIDC took time to review its beginnings.  A future DairyCast episode will look at where they're going.

Biofuels Causing Tension in the Feed Grain Markets?

Feed Grain and Ethanol The weather is seriously stressing many crops this year. Corn, specifically, is also being stressed because of the demand for biofuel (ethanol) and livestock animal feed.



Dr. Thomas E. Elam, FarmEcon LLC, released a presentation and detailed analysis of why the USA Renewable Fuel Standard, in this current weather and economic environment, needs to have flexibility in its application [background via EPA]. Dr. Elam's key point: Ethanol policy has increased and destabilized corn and related commodity prices [detailed analysis paper PDF] [summary slide deck PDF].



Dr. Bob Wisner, Iowa State University, and Joel Newman, President and CEO of American Feed Industry Association, provide some highlights of the report titled "Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding". This is a another report that highlights the conflicts of having corn being used as a feed grain and a source of energy (ethanol): "Biofuels: A Major Driver of the Changing Feed Cost Environment" is one of the first executive summary points [audio] [report PDF].

DairyCast 0463 - Dealing With High Temps and High Feed Costs

DairyCast 0463 Show Notes:
  • Dog days of summer and no long-term drought relief in sight.  This is a good time to talk with Don Tyler of Tyler and Associates about getting up and getting going.

DairyCast 0462 - What is the Future of Feed Grains?

DairyCast 0462 Show Notes:

Grain in Bottles or Feed?

Economic Grain Situation and Outlook
What is it with the Grain Situation? I am NOT opposed to ethanol. I do prefer it aged in oaken barrels or pretty glass bottles! sums up how Dr. Meyers feels about corn used in ethanol. This presentation (with lots of charts for the data included) shares some other thoughts about the markets, grain, and the future of animal feed [video].

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