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ISSUE DATE: 06/30/2014

A match made in heaven

By Doug Rich

Producers who depend on fescue as their primary forage are looking for a match made in heaven. A match that unites a productive fescue cultivar with a novel endophyte that is nontoxic.

K-31 tall fescue has been the predominant variety in many areas for years. It is a productive variety that is able to survive hot summers, cold winters, and heavy grazing, but it contains a toxic endophyte that reduces animal performance. An endophyte fungus between plant cells in K-31 produces an alkaloid toxin that reduces rates of gain, milk production and conception rates and cuts blood flow to an animal’s extremities.

Darrel Franson, a producer from Mount Vernon, Missouri, first encountered this problem when he moved from Minnesota to Missouri and began raising cattle in 1993.

“When I came here in 1993 and discovered that all these beautiful fields of grass were poisonous, I could not get my head around that fact,” Franson said. “I grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and our main grasses were cool-season grasses, but nothing was toxic.”


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El Nino and La Nina can help forecast crop yields
Ibach encourages use of UNL resources to aid in recovery
K-State agricultural economist says El Nino expected to benefit U.S. agriculture
Moran accepting applications for fall 2014 internships
Oklahoma Farm Bureau recognizes legislators for supporting rural Oklahoma
Senators seek support of farmers with prevented plant acres
USDA awarding $6 million to aid farmers for new farm programs
USDA releases state-by-state impacts of limited wildfire suppression
Vilsack announces farm bill funding for bioenergy research
Wildfire risk assessment website now available for public use


A match made in heaven
Advanced viticulture and enology training workshop slated July 11
Agritourism to be highlighted at conference
Assessing hail-damaged corn
Attention, patience needed for safe travel during harvest
Cereal leaf beetle spotted in southern Missouri wheat fields
Combustible grain dust prevention workshop planned
Dry bean producers vote to approve assessment increase
Growing certified seed
Hoffman Harvesting: A time to catch up
Kansas NRCS announces funding for water quality monitoring
Kansas teacher attends National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Miseners finding time to make calls
Neches white clover released
NRCS state conservationist retires after 32 years of service
Osowski crew headed northward
Researchers develop strategy to help combat soybean fungus
Roland Harvesting: One stop down
'See for Yourself' participants to see soy checkoff in action
Sunflower a good option for High Plains
U.S. Wheat leaders hear updates on biotechnology topics
Workshops help producers with soil health management practices
Z Crew: Combines delivered safe and sound


A cattleman's heart, a banker's mind
Beef executive touts fitness, treks across Sunflower State
Beef remains the top protein in foodservice
Beef, pork exports continue growth trend
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattle producers reminded of disaster program
Cattlemen's Boot Camp gives take-home ideas on beef genetics
Colorado cattleman attends elite beef industry conference
Cowboys for Cancer event a success
Cowboys ride rhyme to victory in Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest
Innovative cuts create options for Taiwanese beef customers
Iowa Beef Center offers online heifer development resources
Is your cowherd above average?
Missouri Cattlemen's Association takes action on timely issues
Missouri 'farm bill' passes House, moves to Senate
Missouri House votes to increase hauling limits
Nebraska Cattlemen becomes member of USMEF
Oklahoma Beef Ambassadors announced
Pasture-to-Plate tour offers A-to-Z look at beef production
Red & White Calf Raffle to support the RWDCA scholarship fund
Register for the 2014 Red Angus National Convention


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Eat green
Making sustainability a reality takes expertise


Farmers at sea
Harvest disappointment
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It is all in the gather
Producers can recoup spring parasite control investment
School's out, but the debate continues over what's served in the lunchroom
Seeing changes in the countryside
Vaccine helps provide respiratory protection


All grains close lower
Apache livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Drier conditions allow planting, hay cutting Colorado
Georgia cattle auction summary report
Grain market close
Hay demand, prices mixed depending on area
Hay harvest well underway New Mexico
Hay trade, movement slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Most spring crops in good condition Wyoming
Much of state gets some rain Texas
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. feeder cattle auction report
Pratt livestock cattle auction report
Rains improve pasture conditions Montana
Saturated soil stresses crops, delays planting efforts Minnesota
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Sunny weather encouraged small grain harvest Oklahoma
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm, wet conditions prevail over part of state Nebraska
Weather allows for harvest to progress Arkansas
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat harvest underway Missouri
Widespread rains hit state South Dakota
Woodward livestock sales report


Consider feed options during drought
Forage insurance sign-up deadline in July


CALF's new Sunrise Garden beams with possibility
Cooking safely for groups
Follow tips to evaluate tree health
Harvest meals
Maintaining the vegetable garden
Put your summer energy bill on ice
Use a low intensity, no-feed approach to water garden management
Willow 2 a modern, innovative duplex plan

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