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ISSUE DATE: 04/05/2010

Efficient irrigation increases profits

By Larry Dreiling

It used to be that if a farmer had adequate underground water, he would drill a well, lay down some gated pipe and flood a field of crops without regard to the unintended consequences of aquifer reduction, chemical runoff or soil erosion.

Those days are pretty much gone, as science and technology have worked in concert to create more efficient production methods and systems approaches toward higher yields and, therefore, higher profits.

The Lawless family--Dad Lindley and sons David and Mark--are working to show that new methods of center pivot irrigation can meld with no-till production and advanced agronomic management.

David and Mark Lawless are fourth-generation producers from Sumner County, Kan., and farm about 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. They began their farming careers in the early 1990s on their own with just 40 acres of no-till ground, trading work with neighbors for equipment.


NEWS

AG-Stravaganza conference for women in agriculture set for April 9 in Sidney
Beef Quality Assurance program raises awareness
Build your nutrition from the ground up
Colorado USDA Rural Development announces new Business and Cooperative Program director
Crop insurance changes?
Deer, geese may add to Lake Granbury's E. coli pollution woes
Economist: New renewable fuel standard would increase net farm income by $13 billion, lead to higher
Efficient irrigation increases profits
Eight receive Holling Family Awards for Teaching Excellence
Estate planning is a good decision
House passes Markey-Perriello bill to end monopoly protections for health insurers
Is dust regulation in your future?
Judge denies motions in Iowa slaughterhouse case
Lawmakers override wind project tax refund veto
Let your feet do the talking
NRCS accepting applications for Wetlands Reserve Program
States look to join ag antitrust fight
Study shows atrazine levels in Goodwater Creek enough to harm aquatic life
The vital role of land-grant universities
Udall, Bennet urge Duncan to ensure rural Colorado is not left out of federal education initiatives
USDA announces guaranteed loan to biorefinery to produce renewable energy
USDA Rural Development offers grants to promote business development in rural areas
UW receives $1.385 million grant to assist ag efforts in Kenya, Uganda

CROPS

Avoiding damage to plants during spring frosts, freezes
Borlaug Institute helping Guatemalan forestry and agriculture
Burning dormant turf not recommended
CRP information programs scheduled
Custom harvesters listed for 2010 canola harvest
Economic downturn hurting forestry in Oklahoma
Erhan and Galloway receive soybean checkoff's highest awards
Farmers market in Des Moines to open in May
Gluten Free Oats in Powell gets state money
Herbicide helps protect wheat, barley's yield potential
Iowa Agribusiness Showcase and Conference draws over 700 agribusiness professionals
Missouri Ag Outlook Conference projects slow recovery
Much at stake as grouse endangered finding nears
NMSU hosts conference for Pueblo and northern New Mexico agricultural producers
NMSU to co-host annual New Mexico Vine and Wine Educational Conference
Oilseed Commission election results announced
OSU to host Winter Canola Field Day April 22
Products made from plants focus of Iowa State workshop
Soil testing when it is wet
Sorghum producers applaud checkoff
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association enjoys successful stock show
Stripe rust likely lurking in Arkansas fields
Texas Peanut Producers Board raises peanut butter for South Plains Food Bank
Texas Watershed Planning Short Course set May 10 to 14 in Bandera
Unharvested sugar beets could impact this year's crops in Big Horn Basin
UNL to host witchweed seminar April 9
USDA reports U.S. farmers to plant record soybean acres in 2010
UW Extension workshops in Casper target spring weeds, irrigation issues
Workshop helps Colorado food companies market products
Workshops for Arkansas companies seeking federal, state contracts

LIVESTOCK

AgriLife Research-led group garners state's highest environmental honor
April 6 Horse Management Workshop offers sound advice
Casper best place to live like cowboy
Cattle seized from S.D. rancher
CSU seedstock merchandising team partners with Leachman Cattle of Colorado
CSU veterinary students host annual hospital open house
Endangered species effort at Fort Hood given good verdict
Feed Industry Profitability workshop set for May 18 to 20 in Omaha
Goats require minimal investment, sound management
Good time to get control of lice on cattle
High Plains Horseman's Day offers a number of activities
High Plains Ranch Practicum returning
More Ohio producers exploring grass-fed beef production
New grazing option available to restore Nebraska wetlands
Oklahoma National Stockyards to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
Research ram sale prices reflect growing optimism
Responsible antibiotics use ensures safety
Tying a hackamore knot
UNL Block and Bridle posthumously honors Vance Uden
Wild animals in Sierra County have rabies
Working groups begin work on improved governance structure for NCBA

EDITOR

Prediction time

COLUMNS

Aphid Management System results released
Just a scoop full
Planting the seed
Seed nutrition product promotes early plant growth

MARKETS

2010 Arkansas wheat crop smallest since 1960s
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
As snow disappears, flooding reported
Average temperatures warmer than normal
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Demand moderate to strong for alfalfa
Denison feeder cattle sale
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Faith livestock sales report
Fieldwork limited by wet conditions
Flood risk high, says MU Extension climatologist
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle sales summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hay prices remain steady
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales
Keep cattle dry this wet spring
Lexington cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Muddy fields prevail
New corn, soybean products debut for 2010
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock auction report
Producers waiting for dry fields
Rainfall hinders planting
Salina cattle auction report
Saturated ground, wet weather threaten to block early weed control
Soybeans see double-digit gains
Springfield livestock auction report
Texhoma livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
USDA: Corn farmers to plant 9.2 million acres
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Animal cruelty charges filed against Logan County livestock owner

FAMILY

4-H animal judging teams promote public speaking, decision making
April 13 webinar in Austin to address small-acreage crops
Asparagus is most popular vegetable garden perennial
Bridgeport ideal for a large acreage
Celebrate Bake and Take Month in March
Cooking with heart for the heart
Creating reality
DOW seminars help hunters prepare for 2010 big game seasons
'Elk Camp Colorado' video presents unique look at Colorado elk hunting
Farmers market workshops coming up
Fiber fair helps artists refine their niche as knitting's popularity rises
Juniors parade champions at Youth Expo
Just a tiny bit hot; just a tiny bit Mexican
Keeping lawns free of weeds
Lawrence County youth attends 4-H Legislative Academy
LEAD fellowship applications available for Group 30
Meditation for 4-5-10
Mulhall-Orlando FFA competes in career development events
Nebraska Farmers Union to sponsor Rural Cooperative Opportunities Workshops
New assay helps track termites, other insects
New book provides a 100-year history of Oklahoma 4-H program
Nutrients for Life Foundation announces Helping Communities Grow Partnership with FFA
Spring renewal
Start a cooperative with OSU Extension workshop
Steer-a-Year program benefits Fremont County 4-Hers
UW Extension schedules estate planning sessions in Cody, Powell

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