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ISSUE DATE: 03/24/2014

Making every drop count

Cary Tekell, Tahoka, Texas, knows his pivot-irrigated fields get attention.

In cotton country, a field split half between cotton and sorghum tends to raise some curiosity among passers-by.

But Tekell doesn’t mind the curious looks. He knows he’s making every precious drop of irrigated water he pumps count.

Tekell, a cotton grower around the Tahoka area south of Lubbock, started split planting his circle pivots with cotton and sorghum a few years back as a way to conserve water, especially toward the end of the season.


NEWS

12 Nebraska Farmers Union members attend national convention
Ag budget is topic of hearings
Brownback recognizes energy, water efficient ag producers
Casper workshop to discuss, improve sage grouse habitat restoration
Extension to host 'Going to Grass' seminar
FAPRI releases 10-year projection for crop prices and farm income
Farm bill presentation set for April 10
Finalists named in Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Program
Forum opens dialogue about future of agriculture
ISU ag college recognizes faculty, staff
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative cutoff date extended until April 18
More cuts to FSA offices, crop insurance under Obama budget
Tornado season is just around the corner

CROPS

Agronomy graduate students sweep awards at regional conference
April 1 lecture by 'The Soil Guy' looks at secrets of the soil, sustainability
Colorado Corn urges growers to attend farm bill meetings
Farmers to tell benefits of nontoxic fescue at one-day schools at MU research centers
Farmers use gypsum to improve soil, yields
Fertilizer in small doses yields higher returns for less money
Grain group presidents discuss ag issues
Look back at U.S. soybeans shows genetic improvement behind increased yields
Making every drop count
March 1 corn stocks estimate difficult to anticipate
NMSU entomologist warns of new invasive fruit fly arrival to New Mexico
Nominations sought for the Kurt Bucholz Award
Partnerships emerging to improve soil health in Oklahoma
Producers of sensitive crops encouraged to take part in webinar
Roadmap to profitability helps farmers find the hole in their pocket
Sorghum U returns to South Dakota in 2014
Strategies for spring planting program set for April 1 in Canyon
Top organic farmer recognized
Wheat growers elect new president at annual meeting

LIVESTOCK

Ag stakeholders need to communicate their story
AHA announces 2013 Dams, Sires of Distinction
Anderson County, Bauer win KLA Recruiter of the Month awards
Brahman champions named at Houston
Cleanup bulls an important player on beef production team
Dairy margin protection insurance is new but not complicated, says MU economist
Denton County Extension to host backyard poultry seminar
Don't let pond issues become major problems, OSU specialist says
Expert: Cattle producers have many options to weigh when considering restocking
Extension to host pastured cattle meeting
Extreme cold, winter conditions now could mean even higher beef costs later
House passes Water Rights Protection Act
Houston International Brahman sale averages $12,617
ICA kicks off 2014 bull sales
In cool spring, hold cows off pasture until growth reaches at least 4 inches
Iowa Beef Center asks feedlot operators for feedback
Keep good livestock records
Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open planned for June 25
Many fair boards suspending April weigh-ins for hogs
Missouri Farmers Care supports lawsuit against California egg production mandates
Nebraska Ranch Practicum accepting applications
NMSU Extension program focuses on feral hogs, cattle health, drought
Producers confident in today's tools, Angus genetics
Rancher's generosity to promote 'far-reaching impact' through construction of new OSU equine cent
Stabenow, Cochran commemorate 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension System
Tested bull sale set March 31 at Springfield Livestock Center
Top bull at OPSU sale sells for $7,100
U.S. producers see global competitive landscape in market expo
USDA releases first report from its Swine 2012 study
Veterinarian camp planned at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Workshops to discuss low stress cattle handling

EDITOR

Cattleman shares what COOL means to producers
No love lost
Spring, the most anxiously anticipated season

COLUMNS

Breed-specific ear tags offered by association
Company unveils fuse contact center
Design available for specialty crops
Nothing a little hunger won't fix
Rain showers most welcome
The new commodity title is complicated--or is it?
Will there be another Norman Borlaug in the 21st century?

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains all close higher
Hay sales steady in most areas
Hay trade slow to moderate
OKC West Livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report

RANGE

KFAC, KFB extend deadline for Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops

FAMILY

13th Annual Tree Festival set for April 5
27 selected for AFA's national student leader team
4-H clubs collect donations for Ronald McDonald House
Arkansas garden of the year contest announced
Bright Nights event sparks bright ideas
Bringing sunshine indoors
Care for your lawn throughout the year
Dairy Cow Camp prepares future dairy leaders
Digesting grass is a gas for cattle
Kira provides a comfortable, open living area
K-State Research and Extension plans events
Meditation
Nebraska ag group sponsors students for college conference
NFU delegates elect Teske vice-president at 2014 convention
NMSU to host youth ranch management camp at Valles Caldera National Preserve
OSU Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of service with historic whistle stop reenactment
Powerful plants meet tough tanks
Pruning shrubs
Register for Youth Forestry Camp
School lunches provide healthy whole grains
Start with Ground Beef
Vitamins are an essential part of a healthy diet
Volunteer Kansas accepting applications for Seed Grants
Women in Agriculture conference set for April 4 at Sidney

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