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ISSUE DATE: 08/16/2010

Wanted: growers with a pioneering spirit

By Doug Rich

"It was fun to try something different; it was like the pioneering spirit," Karl Retzlaff said. Retzlaff was talking about his experience growing specialty crops on his farm near Morris, Minn.

Farmers plant specialty crops for different reasons. Some are looking for a premium on a few acres to improve their bottom line. Others are looking for a crop to rotate with their commercial crops of corn, soybean, or wheat. Then there are others who just like trying something different.

There are several interesting specialty crops available right now. Some are for contract production on just a few acres, and others have the opportunity to break out as commercial crops and cover thousands of acres.


NEWS

AFBF applauds committee passage of Cuba trade bill
AFBF says farm bill structure, funding critical to safety net
African ministers tour farm
'AG am in Kansas' moves to new network
AgriLife Extension leader gets international honor
Banker, ranch owner, says ag lending comes naturally
Brazil tariff suspension provides opportunity for U.S. wheat
Century Farms recognized
Dallas AgriLife appoints new director
Grant will help food safety researchers reduce pathogens
Interest rate falls for USDA Rural Development home mortgage loans
Kansas gets disaster funding for flooding, tornadoes
Marketing funds available for food and agriculture exporter
Markey targets wasteful spending
Program offers incentives to reduce energy costs on small farms
Senate approves mandatory price reporting
Study finds wind turbines can be cost-effective
The U.S. is an island of supply for world grain demand
Third farm bill hearing focuses on trade policy
USDA announces loans, grants for rural businesses
USDA launches Ask The Expert database
USDA-NASS seeks public input on future energy program

CROPS

Agriculture Field Day Set for Aug. 26
ARS unlocks weed-fighting properties of sorghum
ASA takes steps to double exports
Certified seed can improve bottom line
Crazy last few days
Cutting going well in Jordan, Mont.
Drip irrigation a good fit in some areas
Feral Hog Appreciation Day set for Aug. 24 in Coleman
First stop down, wonderous weather
Flooding plagues southeast South Dakota
Garden City center hosts field day Aug. 26
High moisture and sawfly
Hitting the road
Kansas farmers test teff as alternative dryland crop
Kansas Wheat Alliance settles three PVP infringement cases
K-State's agricultural economists receive national education award
Late-season training offered near Mead
Least favorite stop
Nebraska Dry Bean Field Tour is Aug. 17
NRCS celebrates 75 years
Pesticide container recycling extended
Research points to benefits of drainage on field crops
Russia stops all grain exports
Seminars target beginning ag producers
Sherman Extension will host irrigation tour
SWCS presents President's Leadership Award
USDA completes review of United Soybean Board
USDA grants regulatory approval for high oleic soybeans
Wanted: growers with a pioneering spirit
Webinar helps with irrigation scheduling decisions
Wheat futures soar after Russia ends exports
Wheat Planting Decision Meetings announced
Winners named in 2010 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest
Women Managing the Farm Conference set for Aug. 24
Wrapping up cutting in Last Chance

LIVESTOCK

4-H Dairy Judging Contest set for Aug. 21
ARS study eyes egg quality and composition
Beef quality training to be offered Aug. 24 in Vernon
Broiler carcass cleansing solution removes harmful bacteria
CDA reminds cattle owners to test for bovine trichomoniasis
CenTex Beef symposium set for Sept. 24
Extension Beef Tour set for Aug. 28
Federation of State Beef Councils votes to stay with NCBA
Field day at Cowley County ranch
Field days will focus on Beef Quality Assurance
Grant to 'step aside' as NWSS executive
Heat in Kan. killed 2,620 cattle in 3 days
High Plains Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference slated for Aug. 17
Hispanic materials increase beef volume sales
Iowa Beef Industry Council helps fund beef sustainability study
ISU animal science prof selected for Fulbright Exchange in Scotland
Kansan wins at Charolais Junior National Show
Kansan wins CAB honor
Livestock exporter grows to see huge profits
Mobile Animal Harvest Facility proposed
Protect cattle from heat stress as temperatures rise
Protein Labeling Study highlights consumer needs
Red Angus sponsors Superior's Big Horn Classic
Researcher studies causes of grass tetany
Rio Grande River flooding displaces livestock
Rotational grazing reduces need for lamb deworming
Webinar will focus on reducing air emissions

EDITOR

James Bond versus Clark Griswold
Old bulls
Taxpayers are footing the bill

COLUMNS

Grill this
Just a scoop full
New class of chemistry debuts
New technology protects crops from mycotoxins
Read the instructions and believe them
Ready for your next red-tape nightmare?
Standing at the gateway to the world of biotechnology

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Abnormally dry conditions widen
Ada cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis Livestock Auction report
Conditions allow farmers 5.5 days in the field
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Extreme heat continues
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids mixed
Harvest begins for spring wheat, barley
High heat, humidity
High Plains slaughter news
Hot and dry week
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Kansas hay trade slow
McAleser livestock auction report
Most hay sales steady, trade light in some areas
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas cattle auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Preparation for fall planting begins
Record Missouri corn production
Salina cattle auction report
Small grain harvest progresses
Small grain harvest progresses under drier weather
Small grain harvest, haying continues
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock sales report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm weather helps row crops
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Alfalfa planting is around the corner
Forage and Cattle Summer Day Trip set for Sept. 1
Ozark Empire Fair names hay winners
Tours will feature mob grazing, organic farming
USDA report shows economic, health benefits of national forests and grasslands

FAMILY

A refreshing take on tea
Antiques and classics: A way of life for Purcell, Okla.
Extended dry spell prompting leaf, nut drop
Food safety workshops set for local produce growers
Glamour has room to grow
Helpful tips
Making ice cream is a money-saving sport
Massive floodwaters could benefit South Texas wildlife
Meditation for 8-16-10
Peaches, plums induce promising death of breast cancer cells
Poor Man's Art
Scientists develop sustainable, environmentally friendly potting medium

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