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ISSUE DATE: 10/15/2012

Producers need insurance coverage for limited irrigation practice

By Doug Rich

Farmers who use irrigation are facing tough decisions after experiencing back-to-back years of severe drought.

"The irrigated acres have been a real disaster for us because we just couldn't pump enough water to sustain the crops," Keith Miller, a farmer from Great Bend, Kan., said. "Typically we get a little rain through the summer, but the last two years we have not gotten any of those rains."

At his farm Miller said he had received less than 7.5 inches of rain for the year by the middle of September. Normally he would have received nearly 20 inches of moisture by that time.

Miller said the yield on his irrigated corn was around 100 bushels an acre, which is 50 to 60 bushels below normal. Miller said that in addition to the drought, high temperatures at pollination time hurt yields. The daytime temperatures were over 110 degrees when his corn started to pollinate. They kept their irrigation wells running but it did not help.


NEWS

Africa Rural Connect launches Second Chance Ideas Contest
ARS scientists devising new ways to protect avocados
Assessing, controlling risk starts with an educational foundation
Colorado State Fair comes to a close
Colorado welcomes Produce Buyers from Mexico, Central America
Conifers affected by drought, disease
Extension to hold financial fraud prevention program
Invest An Acre program strives to battle hunger
Iowa State gets wind research grant
Iowa State job fair set to break recruiter record
Kansas works to strengthen agricultural ties with Kazakhstan
No farm bill leaves uncertainty for farmers
State, national experts to speak at Nebraska Wind Conference
USDA announces new safeguards to protect consumers from foodborne illness
USDA grants to support schools in meeting new meal requirements
Volunteer tax preparers needed

CROPS

2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences aim to improve producers' bottom lines
AgChat awards agvocacy scholarship
Agricultural pesticide disposal sites set for November in Sayre, Dewey
AgriLife Research to participate in $3.3M wheat disease study
Agritourism web guide adds new walk-throughs
ARS develops new blueberry varieties
ARS studies napiergrass as potential biofuel crop
Community organizes around healthy food, hosts FEAST event
Conservation Innovation Grant applications due Oct. 15
Controlling grasshoppers in winter wheat, canola
Controlling volunteer winter wheat helps prevent losses
Corn residue creates opportunity for cattle industry
County Extension Councils open to new candidates
Crop Insurance Workshops to address drought, politics and risk management strategies
Despite no farm bill, wheat farmers remain resilient
Experience farm fun this fall
'Farm Outlook 2013' set for Nov. 6
FDA approves blending of corn containing aflatoxin
Fort Scott farmer sees work of the soy checkoff
Fungicide-resistant soybean disease found in Ark.
Groups partner to select Outstanding Landowner/Cooperator award
Herbicide carryover a concern in fall-seeded crops
Hickenlooper authorizes relief for drought-stricken ranchers
High Plains Ag Lab nears fundraising goal to replace headquarters
High Plains cotton acreage down from 2011
Iowa State research farms have new superintendents
Kansas Corn Commission stresses need for grain bin safety
Kansas National Farmers supports maintaining ethanol mandate
Kansas Wheat Alliance settles PVP infringement cases
Lone Star Healthy Streams manuals available
Managing Drought Workshop series planned
Managing soil copper in crops irrigated with cattle-footbath wastewater
Missouri Blueberry School Conference to be held in Springfield
MU receives national Conservation Innovation Grant
Nebraska Power Farming Show grows
Nematodes with pest-fighting potential identified
New book celebrates Missouri's Century Farms
NMSU studies drought stress, deficit irrigation effect on chile
OSU ag engineering, biosystems students garner national honors
OSU faculty member receives national educator award
OSU to host International Forum and Outlook
Producers need insurance coverage for limited irrigation practice
Rain slows cotton harvest in some areas
Referendum may establish a grain indemnity fund for farmers
'Return to the Farm' class covers challenges for young farmers
Revamped Young Farmers program provides teaching opportunity
Shift in cotton acres may occur as grain prices continue upward trend
Spider mite damage to corn affected by irrigation level
Study shows growing economic impact of grape industry
UNL Extension launches new drought resources website
USDA announces disaster assistance sign-up for 2011 crop losses
Vilsack announces Sorghum Checkoff Board appointments
Vilsack tours biodiesel plant, highlights EPA action to increase use of biodiesel
Webcast discusses potato growth, development
Webcast to address management of northern corn leaf blight
Wheat pasture can provide cow grazing benefits if used properly
Win free groceries for a year from Iowa farmers
Youths awarded scholarships

LIVESTOCK

AJCA seeking applicants for Fred Stout Experience Awards
American Lamb Board changes funding approach
America's Horse in Art continues through Nov. 10
Animal antibiotics and biotech seed experts highlight The Food Dialogues: New York
AQHA revamps AQHA World Sale by taking sale management in-house
AQHA world championship show health requirements
Beef checkoff sets FY2013 budget, plan of work
Black Ink: Crossbred pressure imagined
BQA training sessions teach proper cattle handling skills
Equipment rule changes approved by AQHA
Help protect calves' respiratory systems this fall
Mentor of the Year Award presented to veterinarian
NAYI presents Award of Merit
NWSS to offer free parking in 2013
Older horses need supplemental vitamin C
OSU Extension to host Cow-Calf Boot Camp in November
Senators seek USDA support for dairy farmers
South Dakota Stockgrowers host successful convention
Study: Colostrum health benefits for dairy calves not affected by cold storage
TAHC announces horseback emergency response team
Tentative schedule for 2012 AQHA World Championship Show online
Top producers, performers to sell at AQHA World Championship Show Sale
USDA announces Lamb Board appointments
WSGA applauds wolf delisting, urges responsible hunting
Young Farmers and Ranchers program sponsors livestock judging contests

EDITOR

150 years of growing innovations
Community investment
Green power
Presidential plans for agriculture

COLUMNS

Herbicide available for 2013 burndown
Just a scoop full
Life without a farm bill--Is it worth living?
Porch sitting, Warrior style
To make the best better

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado auction feeder cattle summary
Cooler temperatures, some snow received
Corn, soybean harvest ahead of 5-year average
Crop conditions poor, very poor
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain movement remains brisk
Grain, soybean bids mixed
Harvest, planting continues
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter cattle sales
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Little harvest progress
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay classes selling steady
Much of state gets rain
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Peanut, cotton harvest getting underway
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction
Row crop harvest advances
Salina livestock auction report
Slight improvement in top soil moisture ratings
Some see freezing temperatures
Springfield livestock market report
State sees first snow
Superior Video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Winter wheat seeding nears completion
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

FSA to issue CRP and DCP payments
New pasture grazing topics set for Lake Ozark meeting
Pasture checks a practice for beef production success

FAMILY

4-H Foundation presents awards at alumni event
Controlling Osage-orange trees
Drought stress can have long-term effect on trees, shrubs
Extension to host 'Cooking with Fresh Fall Flavors' workshop
Have a healthy Halloween
Helpful household tips
Inspect landscapes for beetle damage
Landowner, land manager working to help lesser prairie-chicken
Meditation
NMSU develops mobile app for selecting xeriscape plants
Okeene FFA sweeps scholarships at Oklahoma Wheat Quality Show
Oklahoma FFA Foundation honored
Scare up some fun with a graveyard bash
Showboat has many extras inside and out
The beet goes on
'Venison 101: From Field to Table' workshop offered
Wash reusable cloth bags
Zombies on the move in Oklahoma Oct. 26 and 27

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