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ISSUE DATE: 05/20/2013

Working without a net

By Doug Rich

Alfalfa hay growers and the Flying Wallendas have something in common; they both work without a safety net. The Wallendas do it because it draws a bigger crowd, but alfalfa growers do it because they don’t have a choice.

Alfalfa acreage has been going down even though the price for hay has been going up. The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance did a trend study last year and that acreage for alfalfa had declined 15 percent in the previous 10 years and last year alone it declined another 10 percent. Drought and acres lost to corn or soybean are part of the problem but lack of a safety net for alfalfa growers is also to blame.


NEWS

Bill extends federal livestock disaster programs
Congressman Huelskamp discusses Kansas beef with Japanese ambassador
Food aid debate shows turf battles
G-8 open data conference builds food security alliances
Governor requests disaster designation
Kansas' economy shows growth in the first quarter 2013
KARL training ends on high point
Miss Kansas contestant brings spotlight to agriculture
Monsanto execs applaud Supreme Court's decision on seed patent
President Obama signs Kansas disaster declaration
REAP application deadline extended until May 31
Senate ag panel approves farm bill
UC ranks No. 1 in the world for ag teaching, research
We Kan! Awards presented

CROPS

Canola College takes canola production to the next level
Central Kansas District to hold wheat tour May 24
Clarification
Consider planting sunflower on failed wheat acres
Corn Dust Research Consortium awards research grants
Despite rain, south Texas crop losses could hit $100M
Drenching rains, low temps dampen corn planting
Drought continues throughout Nebraska and surrounding area
Farm Beginnings program set to begin May 25
Farmers grow cotton after hail-damaged wheat
Ford County Farm Bureau holds 'Day on the Farm'
Freezes take a toll on Texas wheat, but some still has potential
Grain industry selects college scholarship recipients
Johnson hired as field agronomist for Extension and Outreach
Jordy Nelson introduced as spokesman for Kansas ag trademark program
Kansas corn growers have slow-going planting season
Kansas Corn recognizes increasing beef exports to Japan
K-State ag economist launches 'Focused on Grains' blog
Latest forecast expands likelihood of below-normal temperatures
NCPWMA to host Invasive Tree Control and Weed ID Field Day
Next Generation Ag Conference set May 23-24
NRCS announces drought recovery initiative in Kansas
NRCS develops web-based tool for understanding water quality
NRCS helps build resiliency to climate change
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation raises funds
Rains incite insects, delay summer harvest
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to host seminar on drilling mud
Spring Crops Field Day planned May 22 in southeast Kansas
Spring Field Day planned at K-State's South Central Kansas Experiment Field
Starter fertilizer may be needed on soybeans depending on soil test levels
Topsoil lost to rainfall costs farmers money
UNL report: Agland values up again, but trend may reverse in next year
USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program sign-up
Wheat freeze damage provides opportunity to rotate to cotton
Wyoming Weed Watchlist wants invasive weeds dispatched before taking root

LIVESTOCK

2 Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sales set
5 Neb. meat workers hurt after chemical reaction
American Akaushi Association Field Day set for May 18
American Gelbvieh Association elects officers
Angus juniors 'raise the bar' at Kansas State University
Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day set for May 2
Beef Economics webinar set for May 14
Beef Economics webinar set for May 14
Beef Month recognizes industry's economic impact
Beef Month recognizes industry's economic impact
Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled for May
Better job interviews can break the cycle of employee turnover
BIF Symposium is June 12 to 15 in Oklahoma City
Bills important to livestock producers gain Brownback's signature
Bull sale sees overall sale average increase
Cattle feeders participate in new KLA educational program
Iowa's Best Burger finalists scattered across the state
Kansas Limousin Breeder Association announces summer events
Keep livestock manure out of floodwaters
KLA leaders call on Congress, agency officials in Washington
K-State animal science students heading to national competition
K-State Recognizes 'Top Hands' at 2013 Cattle Feeders College
Livestock judging clinic set for May 22
Montana cattleman elected vice chairman of American Simmental Board
More than 200 attend branding workshop in Mt. Vernon
NDA announces availability of livestock trade cost-share funding
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation announces scholarship recipients
Nebraska Farmers Union submits supportive comments on Country of Origin Labeling
NMSU Corona Rancher's Roundtable May 21 to focus on wildlife management
Number of Arkansas rabies cases rises to 84
Prepare early for heat management in herds
Reward offered in Anderson County livestock shooting
Right dairy feed bunk design can reduce shrinkage
Runners fuel up with lean beef
Sheep, goat grazing workshop scheduled
Tiffany named April KLA recruiter of the month
Triplets born to heifer in Clay County
U.S. Cattlemen's Association files comments on COOL rule
USDA provides program updates to sheep industry
USDA publishes final rule to increase lamb checkoff assessment
USDA releases feedlot 2011 Parts I and II reports
USDA: Kansas beef cattle numbers lowest since 1999
Western Stock Show Association announces 2014 executive committee

EDITOR

A Mother's Day of a different kind
Fast track to the past
Play safe on the farm

COLUMNS

Another year older
Erosion control system tested
Field-weathered crop insight
Fungicide receives EPA approval to fight foliar fungal diseases
Get in and drive
Irrigation company offers new software package
New gas-powered wire winder on market
Passing this farm bill won't be a 'SNAP'
We don't want Carrie on the team
Why the rural vote still matters in key Senate races

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle sales report
Corn planting begins Kansas
Corn planting limited by light rain
Corn, soybeans lower while wheat closes mixed
Crop progress behind normal
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Fieldwork well underway with good weather montana
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Hay test light in some areas
Hay trade slow
Joplin livestock sales report
Much needed rainfall received
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattlesales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Precipitation replenishes some dry areas
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Significant planting progress made
Small grains, row crop planting progress made
South Central direct sheep sales report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture levels very short
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warmer temps with less precip
Weather allows for planting progress missouri
Wet conditions hinder planting progress
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Entomologist: Fungal disease wipes out alfalfa weevils in central Missouri
Hay workshop set April 26 at Overton
KDA, NASS complete Flint Hills bluestem pasture survey
Minimizing drought-induced frustrations on range
Monitor moisture in hay
MU Thompson Farm board hears updates on beef AI studies, pastures, field day plans
Much of state's warm-season grass pastures still drought damaged
Ted Alexander Ranch tour May 11
Texas A&M to offer grass-fed beef conference
Working without a net

FAMILY

Champions crowned at Rodeo All-Star Weekend
Colorado Parks and Wildlife to host shotgun, fly fishing, archery clinic for women
Cooking matters at the grocery store
Even animal lovers prefer no rabbits in the garden
Hands-on high tunnel construction workshop scheduled
Horticulture workshop to focus on environmental stewardship
Hunters should be wary of cattle at Oak Glen WMA
May is a busy month for gardeners
Meditation
NMSU presents seed saving workshop in Taos, Santa Fe
Pheasants Forever to host 51 CRP informational meetings across Kansas
Planning garden for food preservation
Prepare now for food preservation season
Recipe testing
River Valley Extension to host food preservation workshops
Rural youth join fight to combat childhood hunger
Southeast Area Extension, PetAid Colorado host CART Training
Spring comes late to the dance
Suzanne's size will fit many needs
Top 10 worst trees
Wild blueberries-Go wild with the superstars of frozen fruit

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