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ISSUE DATE: 04/20/2009

Intensive early stocking helps season-long pastures

Developing a good cow-calf herd is a lot like a single person finding someone who will stick by you through thick and thin toward the ideals of getting married and staying married.

Trends may come and go, but there's always that special someone that keeps you going. In the same way, having good cows producing good calves is a never-changing ideal in the cattle industry.

However, there are those years we've seen lately where low moisture and just plain drought have caused some producers to liquidate their historic herds because their ranges lack the grass to support them.

Cattle management experts have recently encouraged producers to be more flexible in these times of climate uncertainty. That means perhaps reducing cow-calf herd size to more manageable levels and supplementing their operations by adding stocker cattle.

Stockers, it's thought, can be bought and sold at any time to stock or destock rangelands--depending on the range condition--without liquidating a main breeding herd.


NEWS

AFR: Farm program sign-up--the devil's in the details
After flooding, Midwest farmers fear repeat of '97
Colorado State University names new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences
Conservation leaders applaud stimulus announcement for flood control dams
CSF "Cowboy Ball" to kickoff event season
CSU professor emeritus receives top Japanese Emperor award
Economic recovery funding will help restore, protect flood-prone lands
Education center grand opening set for April 24
Elmore Bathurst named to state Agriculture Hall of Fame
FAPC to hold Barbecue Judging Class April 25
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program sign-up announced
Futures markets- Where do they fit in my marketing plan?
Getting the skinny on insect fat metabolism from OSU
Harkin, Chambliss express concern over recent EPA pesticide ruling
Holling Awards honor IANR faculty, staff
Iowa State's Farm Operations Club first in national contest
Minnesota sees growth in small farms
MU FAPRI spreadsheet aids farmer decision on ACRE
NBB formally responds to European Commission provisional duties on U.S. biodiesel
Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council elects new officers
New approach could improve safety assessments of biocontrol pathogens
New wetlands taking shape
North Dakota ends program for drought-stricken ranchers
Northey says Iowa Ag Department may see furloughs
OKFB partners with OACD to celebrate Stewardship Week
Professor named to lead ISU Biocentury Research Farm
S.D. farm income down in 2008
Seaboard Foods receives 2009 Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting
Sebelius vetoes Kansas coal plant bill
Senators: USDA should stop pitting farmers vs. school nutrition
Tiahrt urges President to fully commit to NBAF project at K-State
Tractor/Farm Safety Course on April 25
U.S. consumers could see cheaper prices as result of Mexican government tariffs
Upcoming K-State ag events
Upcoming KSU ag events
West Africans coming to Oklahoma to learn to grow exotic mushrooms
Wetlands face threats, but have backers
Who's minding your food?

CROPS

ACRE Program enrollment opens on April 27
Adding pulse crop base acres
Average age of Wyoming ag producers increasing
CDA pesticide applicator exam goes high-tech
Conservation tillage and cotton: The bottom line
Insect mystery boon to Texas onion harvest
Intended Minnesota corn, soybean acreages down slightly from 2008
Kansas grain commodity growers elect commissioners
Kansas grower state winner in National Corn Yield Contest
Missouri corn acreage up 9 percent
Murray joins Texas AgriLife Research corn-breeding program
NCC defending effective cotton program on multiple fronts
Nebraska can avoid glyphosate resistance
Nebraska Wheat Growers Association announces Bake and Take festivities
New report shows ethanol reduces emissions
NMSU to host water lecture series
Regional initiative works to address agriculture and water quality
Register now to attend April 23 pesticide application workshop
Staples urges landowners to comply with state cotton laws
Study confirms soybean checkoff benefits entire industry
Survey says soybean farmers continue to support their checkoff
Texas corn farmers advocate for mycotoxin research funds
Texas peanut farmers donate peanut butter to D.C. food bank
Texas' recent rains help but more needed
Weed management tips for no-tilling corn
Wheat price helps determine pest treatment threshold
Wheat Scoop: The 'World of Wheat' comes to the Agriculture Hall
Wheat stressed by freeze in some areas

LIVESTOCK

16th Youth Cattle Show set for Belleville
AgriLife Research Station's Sonora ram sale sees strong demand
American Royal plans 110th show
Arkansas dairy farmer gets pleasure from work
Auction report
Bexar/Guadalupe/Comal beef cattle field day set in Converse May 9
Cattle hoofing it for greener pastures
Circle A Angus customers capture genetic value
Drought-related tax breaks available to livestock producers
Fire burns cattle pens at Muskogee Stockyards
For Texas rancher, deep doo-doo wouldn't do
Free beef quality training offered in Lubbock on April 21
Hays Roundup--still a valuable experience for cattlemen
Hogs and pigs inventory released
Judd Ranch sweeps Gelbvieh Pen Show at NWSS
Kansas member honored as Gelbvieh Member of the Year
K-State beef research examines effects of breeding for RFI in heifers
K-State's Emily Lehning recruits interest in alpacas
Making cows count
Most dairy calves weaned at 60 to 75 days, but that may be changing
National Balancer Show crowns winners in Denver
NDA notified of pseudorabies infected wild pig
New cattle can improve herd performance
NW Iowa farmer charged with neglecting cattle
To deworm or not to deworm?
Top quality headlines National Gelbvieh Show
Vilsack announces $2 million lamb buy

EDITOR

Beware of this legislation
It's tough being teammates
Overhaul of federal tax code necessary

COLUMNS

Bananas have no sex life
Choose your 'tude
Herbicide receives label for terrestrial use
Just a scoop full
Large bale feeder
Many miles of bad road
Potlucks are key to family status
Round bale unroller
Tire pressure gauge system

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Cold weather slows crop, pasture growth
Cold, wet weather delays fieldwork
Colorado feeder cattle sales report
Corn closes day lower
Crop progress behind normal
Dalhart cattle sales report
Denison feeder cattle sale
Dodge City livestock auction report
Drier weather supports fieldwork
Fields too wet to begin work
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional stockyards auction
McAlester livestock sales report
Most hay trading steady
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m.cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho cattle sales report
Salina livestock auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales
Spring planting hindered by weather
Springfield livestock sales
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Onge livestock sales
Superior video auction report
Texhoma livestock sales
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains cattle sales
Wheat in mostly fair to good condition
Wheat mostly in fair to good condition
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales

RANGE

Alfalfa weevil
Conservationists launch effort to restore prairies
Cross Timbers forests' composition a burning issue
Intensive early stocking helps season-long pastures
Land managers may need to spend more time identifying invasive plants
Moran requests timely CRP announcement from USDA
Three grassland birds disappearing from Flint Hills

FAMILY

Announcer makes the calls of a lifetime
April gardening tips
Around-the-house tips
Deadline to apply crabgrass preventer arriving soon
Extension program on beef- Creating the Crave
Feral hog management seminar set April 9 in Glen Rose
Garden Fair at Santa Fe County Extension facility April 25
Harrison shares his rodeo legacy with entertainment
ISU student passionate about dancing with bulls
Keep food safe during spring, summer storms
Lambs gambol but cooks gamble
Meditation for 4-20-09
New MHSRA Decal Program a big hit
Oklahoma deer population more than a half million
Pauls Valley readies for BrickFest 2009
Plants and puppies
Playing with food
Ringwood FFA member stays busy
Side sloping lots fit Curt
Spring Fever 4-H Riding Clinic is re-scheduled
Tree City USA, Nebraska Community Forestry Conference April 14
Tuberculosis case discovered in captive elk herd
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
UW Extension helps sponsor Wyoming Farmers' Market Conference in Casper

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