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ISSUE DATE: 11/02/2009

The whole idea is to get better

By Doug Rich

"Our tools to control the estrus cycle have never been as great as they are today," David Patterson, University of Missouri beef reproduction specialist, said at a recent field day.

"However, looking at the adoption rate of many of these technologies, specific to beef reproduction, it is somewhat disappointing," Patterson said.

A survey by the National Animal Health Monitoring Service (NAHMS), revealed that only 18 percent of beef producers are pregnancy checking their herd, 2 percent are using ultra sound, 8 percent are using artificial insemination (AI), and only 20 percent are using semen evaluation.

"We have to prove that these are applicable and doable before producers are likely to use these and other technologies," Patterson said.


NEWS

2009 AFA Alliance Forum Nov. 6 and 7
AFA Leaders Conference 2009 set for Nov. 5 to 8
Bill has money for Kansas bio lab, but with a catch
Bradford Center celebrates 50th anniversary, opens new conference facility
Brownback, Roberts applaud passage of DHS bill
Case IH Magnum tractor offering expands with new CVT transmission option, new Magnum 225 model
Claud Evans honored as OSU Distinguished Ag Alumnus
Department of Commerce appoints five new members to Agritourism Advisory Council
Expert: Biomass gasification, biochar show commercial promise
Extension offers business management class
Farm Service Agency announces program deadlines
Kansas ag company reports a year of growth
K-State Master of Agribusiness offers tour of Australian, New Zealand agribusinesses
Mexico requests WTO panel on U.S. labeling rules
Moran introduces legislation to support rural hospitals
New Case IH 88 Series Axial-Flow combines
OSU features Made in Oklahoma products
Partnership promotes environmental education for middle school students
TDA extends deadline for Heritage Program
Ultimate machine for total application control now available in an 800-gallon configuration
UNL Extension faculty and staff win annual awards
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA Rural Development celebrates 60 years of financing telecom, housing programs
Vilsack announces travel to Philippines, China
Weather experts predict rainier Texas winter
Wichita Farm and Ranch Show set for Nov. 10 to 12 at Kansas Coliseum

CROPS

2010 winter wheat acreage may shrink to 1960s levels
25,000 tons of U.S. sorghum destined for Morocco
AFBF economist sees improving price picture for soybeans
Airflow important< in grain storage
Cool, wet weather has slowed corn and soybean drying, no relief in sight
Cool, wet weather slows wheat planting progress
Fall freeze takes toll on western Kansas soybeans, but options remain
Fall weed control
Giant pumpkins go coast to coast
Grants awarded for specialty crops
Grape and wine council to meet Nov. 12
ISU entomologists focus on reducing impact of soybean aphids
Kansas receives specialty crop grants
NAMA millers fund global oat research project
National survey finds strong support for corn farmers, corn ethanol
NAWG: USDA launches revitalized research agency
NDA announces recipients of specialty crop grants
Soybean Checkoff provides certification of SCN resistance
Sweet potato protection is more than skin deep
Understanding why rye works as a cover crop

LIVESTOCK

2009 Iowa Beef Backer awarded to Iowa Beef Steakhouse
2009 Montana Stockgrowers Association convention moving to MetraPark in Billings
2010 National Beef Ambassadors announced
An ARRA success story: A dream of owning cattle comes true
Beef industry needs more feed-efficiency data
Brand Board readies for brand renewal process
Casper hosts 2009 Range Beef Cow Symposium Dec. 1 to 3
Cattle tales connect with consumers
Couple raises yaks in Berthoud, Colorado
Doppler ultrasound helps scientists understand fescue toxicosis in cattle
Economist: Cattle producers should consider retained ownership
Environment, animal welfare to be addressed at conference
Expert says grass-fed beef business growing
First-time entrant wins LMA's second qualifying contest
Herd expansion leads to more Johne's
Maternal Edge Commercial Female Sale to be held in Colorado
Rabies cases spike in Missouri
Sheep, meat goat speakers highlight 2009 Missouri Livestock Symposium
Stray livestock must be reported to county sheriff's office
Taiwan lifts ban on U.S. beef in bone
The whole idea is to get better
Together wildlife, livestock can improve bottom line
Troxel presented Columbia Award
UW researchers help identify fatal disease in Red Angus

EDITOR

Adaptation and evolution
Boxer's prize fight
It's our job

COLUMNS

At my best
Fall harvest
Follow your nose
Just a scoop full
Linn Post and Pipe provides best in livestock fencing
New baler designed for ranchers' needs
Triple C debuts ProSpear
TV fantasy is not scientific reality

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions remain mostly good
Alfalfa selling steady
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock sales report
Despite wet fields, some planting and harvesting continues
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grains close lower with dry weather forecast
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional livestock auction
Little progress made with cool, wet weather
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Recent rains help wheat
Row crop harvest lagging behind
Salina cattle sales report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Joseph feeder pig sales
St. Onge livestock auction
Sugar beets affected by freeze damage in some areas
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Watertown livestock sales report
West Plains regional sales report
Wet weather continues to slow harvest
Wheat seeding nearing completion
Widespread rains fall across state
Winter wheat crop is 98% seeded
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Forages program offers something for all producers
Wild horse plan rekindles cattle grazing debate

FAMILY

4-H Week. One Day 4-H brings community-service to Bexar County
Aggies take Wildlife National Quiz Bowl
Become a Colorado Master Gardener
Cook like a top chef at home
Dealing with death, aging parents
East Texas 4-H Clubs donate thousands of community service hours Oct. 10
Johanns' resolution honors 40 years of women in FFA
Keep home heating costs down
Let's root for root vegetables
Meditation for 11-2-09
Park County cheese making course includes hands-on experience
Plant swap gone bad
Report: Students need more veggies, fewer calories
Sen. Chambliss inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame
Simplistic lines give Jones Farm its warmth
Smooth Mouthed-Joe Kreger poem
Upcoming K-State horticultural events

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