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Farmers learn how to get the most out of their irrigation

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Drought and reduced aquifer levels have many Oklahoma farmers concerned about how they are going to get the most out of their limited irrigation resources in the future.

 

The 2014 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference, Aug. 19, at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, brought leading researchers and farmers together to discuss how to improve irrigation efficiency in the future.

 

Al Sutherland, the Oklahoma Mesonet Agricultural Program coordinator, opened the day by talking about the Mesonet’s Evapotranspiration Irrigation Planner tool and how it can better help irrigators time their applications of water.

 

“We want to know how to maximize what we are putting out there and getting the most benefits of that water,” Sutherland said. “When to apply it, and how much to apply?” Evapotranspiration (ET) is a measurement of the evaporation of water from the soil’s surface and the transpiration of the plant itself, combined with weather variables, such as solar radiation, air temperature, wind speed and relative humidity. [Read More]





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U.S. House votes to ditch EPA water grab

Recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Water of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 by a vote of 262 to 152. This legislation stops the radical rule [Read More]

Time is running out on some crop insurance signups

By Larry Dreiling The clock is ticking for most United States farmers to make their selections between three different crop insurance plans for the long term, and final planting d [Read More]

USDA invests $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy [Read More]

House passes jobs bill

Recently, the House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a sol [Read More]

Innovation to meet future challenges

By Shannon Schlecht USW Vice President of Policy If you have ever planted a garden, you know how much effort it takes to help your plants thrive—and how often the results do not match up with your expectati [Read More]

UNL dedicates statues of former secretaries of agriculture

By Dan Moser On a day when four former U.S. secretaries of agriculture from Nebraska were honored in bronze on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, Ro [Read More]



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Ken Root

Ken Root

Nothing better than fresh picked


By Ken Root We are creatures of our senses with a long-term memory connected to taste and smell. I can catch the aroma of

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Sara Wyant

Sara Wyant

More changes underway at your local FSA office


By Sara Wyant Your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) should have better technology and potentially more responsibilities by later this fall. During a recent White

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Jennifer M Latzke

Jennifer M Latzke

Beyond the cow and plow


By Jennifer M. Latzke I was an atypical agricultural communications student if there ever was one. Sure, I’d “grown up on a farm” and I’d

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Kylene Scott

Kylene Scott

Water just as important as the grass in grazing systems


By Kylene Scott Water for grazing livestock is just as important as the grass. Some livestock can rely on creeks, streams and ponds, but

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Holly Martin

Holly Martin

It's homework time


By Holly Martin It’s the time of year when you can’t escape the fact that an election is coming. Everywhere you turn, you see

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Larry Dreiling

Larry Dreiling

Time is running out on some crop insurance signups


By Larry Dreiling The clock is ticking for most United States farmers to make their selections between three different crop insurance plans for the

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Jennifer Carrico

Jennifer Carrico

Moser takes on new role with Angus


By Jennifer Carrico The American Angus Association has named Dan Moser as the new president of Angus Genetics Inc. and the Association director of

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Doug Rich

Doug Rich

KDA opens new headquarters building


By Doug Rich The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) officially opened its new headquarters building in Manhattan, Kansas, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept.

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Trent Loos

Trent Loos

The real farm glue


By Trent Loos For years now I have been spouting off that I need to write a book about how U.S. agriculture would not

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Jerry Nine

Jerry Nine

Some beneficial rain helps wheat crop


By Jerry Nine (Sept. 24)—Last weekend it was predicted for our area to get several inches of rain, but as we got closer to

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