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ISSUE DATE: 04/08/2013

Range management more than just having enough grass

By Kylene Scott

There’s a lot more to proper range management during drought than just pulling the livestock off of the grass when it gets short. In order for a ranch to survive and remain resilient, managers must have a plan.

In an ongoing webinar series by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, ranchers can explore each aspect of developing a drought plan for their own operation. The webinars are led by ranchers and advisors with hands-on experience in drought planning and range management.

Real-life experiences

In the first part of the series, Lewellen, Neb., rancher Lynn Meyers said it is all about attitude when looking at developing a drought plan.

“Drought disasters from a rancher’s point of view is a box of challenges, and you can look at it with an attitude of either half full or half empty,” he said. “Take that disaster box and make it a window of opportunity.”


NEWS

Battling climate change with tried and true methods
Beat the heat as temperatures rise
Broadband focus group meetings to be held in April
Death rates found higher in rural hospitals
Deputy Secretary Merrigan to depart USDA
Farm Bureau leader concerned about Sooner Poll
Feds bust up $100M NC crop insurance fraud ring
GOP leaders across state show strong support
Government, company aggreement will help farmers improve conservation practices
McCormick Armstrong adds sales representative
OSU faculty member engages in international Farmer-to-Farmer program
Rachel Cruze to give April 16 lecture at K-State Union
Seminar focus is Rehabilitating Disabled Farmers and Ranchers
USDA outlines efforts to raise healthier generation of Americans
Water wise: Looking at the municipal side of water conservation

CROPS

AgriLife Extension offers private pesticide applicator training April 11
CME Group executive to address grain industry
Cold slows corn emergence, wet fields slow planting
Conserve water to protect your groundwater resource during drought
Corn growers sought for on-farm research network
Determining benefit of starter fertilizer for corn
Economist: Much wheat is unlikely to make a crop
Extension offers Saturday Samplers classes
Fish farming basics
Kansas farmers invest in planting fourth-largest corn crop since 1936
Kansas Wheat takes part in Kansas Agriculture Day
NAMA board elects new vice chairman, executive committee members
National Sunflower Association board members go to DC
Nebraska Wheat Board announces District 2 opening
Oklahoma Sorghum Commission seeks applicants for board position
Plan now to control marestail
Testing dormant wheat for life
Understanding the continuous corn yield penalty
University of Nebraska offers new online ag programs
Winter canola tour scheduled

LIVESTOCK

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association holds banquet
Brahman female sale sees strong demand
CDA reminds cattle owners to test herd for trich
End meats help drive
Farm Bureau praises Gov. Fallin for signing horse legislation
Feeding first-calf females after calving
Hereford champions named in Fort Worth
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president resigns
Increase profitability with the ABBA F-1, F-1 Plus programs
Interstate cattle movement affected by new USDA rule
Live Oak Beefmaster Breeders Association approves bull test program
Poultry group names honorees, announces scholarships
Report: Meat producers need big grain crop to lower feed costs, boost profits
Reputation Feeder Cattle program predicts genetic value
Researchers explore nutritional strategies to time puberty in replacement heifers
Show pig projects offer lifetime learning experiences for youth, breeder claims
Simplified beef and pork cut names approved for retail implementation

EDITOR

Farm workers should be included in immigration bill
Is agriculture relevant today?
Time to be proactive on equine disease outbreaks

COLUMNS

Ag Issues Forum touches on future of feeding a growing world
Animal health company expands operations in Kansas
Harvesting the land or mining the soil
Herbicide receives registration for soybeans
In other agribusiness news....
Insecticide/miticide receives EPA approval
Internal controls allow detection of fraud
Iowa educator receives award for excellence
Just a scoop full
MO farmers improve herbicide application skills
Nodding your head doesn't help
OIG report shines light on improper payments at USDA
Transition diet management essential

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo Livestock Auction Summary
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Below average temps for most of state
Clovis livestock sales report
Cold nights keep most wheat dormant Montana
Cold, wet weather seen across state
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Freezing overnight temps concern farmers Texas
Ft. Smith livestock sales
Georgia livestock auctions summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter cattle sales
Joplin regional sales report
Most hay classes selling steady
North Arkansas livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt cattle sales report
Producers awaiting warmer weather conditions Nebraska
Rain, snow bring relief to dry conditions in some areas Colorado
Salina livestock sales report
San Angelo livestock sales report
Scattered precipitation across the state Wyoming
Severe thunderstorms bring wind, hail Oklahoma
Spring planting prep continues Kansas
Springfield livestock auction report
Topsoil moisture rated mostly short, very short New mexico
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa cattle sales report
Weather limits fieldwork South Dakota
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat developing slowly with cool temps Arkansas
Wheat, soybeans moved higher

RANGE

Drought means mark-ups in hay prices
Prescribed burns of grasslands scheduled
Range management more than just having enough grass

FAMILY

Berry-licious snacks kids can make
Community Garden Grant program expanded
Controlling lace bugs
Emerald ash borer traps set in Kansas
Facade makes Creighton grand
Great recipes for any time
Meditation
Oklahoma Youth Forestry Camp offered in June
Planting, caring for azaleas
Practice good garden hygiene
Practice patience when preparing garden soil
Protect your plants from spring frost
Pruning grapevines
QUWF Conservation Seed Program exceeds $2.5M
Some garden crops more sensitive to herbicides
Take steps to keep a cleaner house
Wildlife a focus of April 19 Forestry Day
Youth will learn about local government

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