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ISSUE DATE: 08/13/2012

One more thing to be cautious about during drought—nitrate toxicity

By Kylene Scott

When the grass is dried up and crunchy underfoot, cattle producers often look toward turning cattle out on crop stalks to give them something to eat. This year, as the drought progresses, producers need to be cautious before turning livestock out or feeding forages.

"Awareness and testing are two key factors people need to be alerted to," Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska professor of agronomy and Extension forage specialist, said.

He said there is more of a problem with nitrates in crop residues, and a drought brings the issues to the forefront when producers are struggling with having enough feed for their livestock. He suggests employing the knowledge of a nutritionist when dealing with forages high in nitrates.


NEWS

Brownback requests insurance coverage for limited irrigated crops
EPA withdraws proposed livestock reporting rule
Kansas Forest Service recognized for environmental stewardship
National Grange celebrates land-grant system
Obama announces $9M rural investment
Protecting your home from wildfire
Retail prices for meats, dairy and eggs decline slightly

CROPS

Ag Research Center in Hays to host Fall Field Day
Corn shorter than normal this year
Diversified Agriculture Farm Tour offered
Drought Survival Tour set for Aug. 14
Dry weather prompts spider mite infestation
Extension offers new 'Live and Learn' series
Focusing on flood-tolerant soybeans
Hard spring wheat and durum tour completed
K-State's Barnaby sees corn crop underwriting losses at about $10B
Leadership, development opportunities abound at Women in Agribusiness Summit
NCGA presents Sen. Stabenow with award
Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board to hold meeting
NMSU to host field day at ag science center
NMSU, NRCS to host science center field day
NMSU, Pena Blanca Sunflower Project plan festival
Osowskis see 'spectacular' yields
Philippine marketing team tours U.S. wheat industry
Roland Harvesting crew makes history in N.D.
Shawnee County Crop Tour is Aug. 13
Sorghum Checkoff announces first Leadership Sorghum class roster
Two-spotted spider mites flourishing
UNL Extension launches new drought resources website
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center Expo moves to September
USDA appoints Oklahoma farmer to Sorghum Checkoff Board
USDA directory connects consumers with local farmers
Water quality as important as quantity, even during drought
Zeorians head west to Lewistown, Mont.

LIVESTOCK

American Akaushi Association to hold convention
American Gelbvieh Junior Association selects ambassadors
Beef Cattle Institute launches Youth Animal Care Training program
Beef cow nutrition important during calving, early lactation
Biosecurity Research Institute hosts African swine fever symposium
Cattlemen are trying to hold on to core genetics as drought worsens
Cattlemen seeking permanent estate tax relief
Checkoff seeks entries for Retail Beef Backer Awards
Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply research enters second phase
Drought conditions hit cattle country
House passes livestock disaster relief bill, leaves D.C.
Immediate Immunity YouTube channel launched
Increase efficiencies, profits with Gelbvieh crossbreeding
KCA joins Rep. Jenkins in farm tour
Marketing specialist: Beef demand is still the key
MU Beef Tour set for Aug. 25
MU Extension to hold Forage Nitrate Workshop
Nebraska Cattlemen present policy at conference
One more thing to be cautious about during drought--nitrate toxicity
Project helps youth evaluate steer carcasses
Research reveals unintended consequences of beef producers not using technologies
Researchers find cattle vaccine works to reduce E. coli in feedlots
Several factors influence USDA's black-hided numbers
Sheep industry awards scholarship
UNL to host Beef Feedlot School
USDA makes lamb purchase
USMEF hosts pork treasure hunt campaign in Japan
Vesicular stomatitis diagnosed in Colorado
Winners chosen at 2012 All-American Limousin Futurity

EDITOR

Helping our rural communities grow
OWGA voices support for MAP
Reasonable Fuel Standard?
The power of Mother Nature

COLUMNS

Coloring contest promotes farm safety
Crop insurance payouts will help cover losses, but no free lunch
DCCC tax credits offer opportunity
Does a farm have a soul?
Just a scoop full
MO Tillable land values remain strong
New silage corn hybrids available for 2013
You fried what on a stick?

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
August arrives with hot, dry conditions
Clovis livestock auction report
Cold front brings some precipitation
Conditions remain hot and dry
Crop, pasture conditions continue to decline
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City feeder cattle auction report
Drought, hot weather continue
Dry conditions continue, temperatures ease
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trading is slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay trade steady
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction
Precipitation, lower temps bring some relief
Producers make significant small grain harvest progress
Producers receive much-needed rain, cooler temps
Salina cattle auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Small grain seeding preparations continue
Soybeans close with sharp losses, pressuring corn market
Springfield livestock sales report
State faces devastating wildfires and brutal heat
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture improves slightly
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Winter wheat harvest continues
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

AgriLife Extension to host brush, weed management program
Creek County seeking hay, feed donations
Moran tour scheduled for Aug. 16-17
Ranch Management University to address forage, livestock management
UNL's Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory holds open house Aug. 22
USDA offers more flexibility for CRP emergency grazing and haying

FAMILY

August garden tips
Brent elegant and spacious
Cool-season lawns seminar offered
Crazy for condiments
Eggs around the clock
Extension offers Summer Salsas program
Extension to host wildlife food plot seminar
Gear up for Cowboy Crossings
Hays research center to host horticulture event
Hydroponics workshop offered
Iowa farmers, gardeners battle Japanese beetles
Meditation
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations
Oklahoma youth attend ag leadership conference
Review emergency plans
Simple ways to beat the heat this summer
Take steps to help ornamentals survive summer
Understanding long-term care insurance

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