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ISSUE DATE: 02/03/2014

Weathering the storm

By Jennifer Carrico

U.S. Department of Agriculture says average corn prices for 2013-2014 will be at $4.40 per bushel, nearly $2.50 per bushel lower than the ending average price for the 2012-2013 crop. Iowa farmer Jerry Mohr says this will make him change a few things at his farm.

"We are fortunate to have more tools now to help us save money when needed," said Mohr. "With precision agriculture, I try to put specific nutri-ents on exactly where they are needed in order to prevent any wastage."

Mohr is also sure to make purchases of inputs when a discount is available. In a year like 2014, he thinks that will be important for farm-ers to save extra money.

"We purchased seed corn in December to take advantage of the dis-counts and save some extra money since we won't be getting quite as much when we sell the new crop," he said.

Mohr finds several ways to save money in years with a very small profit margin. He started farming in 1974 and said he had a few good years of farming before the tough economic conditions in farming in the 1980s.

"The next couple years will be hardest for the young farmers just starting out who have purchased high-priced land," he said. "Over the last three to four years I have tried to pay as much debt as possible and replaced machinery so we could weather the storm when it comes."


NEWS

A weak start seen for rural economy in 2014
Advance planning can help growers, producers be better prepared for emergencies
American adults are choosing healthier foods, consuming healthier diets
Be prepared for winter weather
Coalition endorses resolution calling for updated immigration laws
Extension offers free Farmer's Tax Guide
Extension to host food allergy/intolerance program
Gov. Brownback announces actions to minimize effect of propane shortage on Kansans
House passes farm bill
Iowa Farm Bureau sets legislative priorities
Know how long you need to store tax records
Modern conveniences help farmers fight cold
National Farmers Union, Kansas Farmers Union support COOL in farm bill
Now's the time to check for radon
OSU receives grant to help with post-harvest loss reduction in Ghana
OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water
Panel: U.S. ag research spending lags but must remain global leader
Smithsonian seeks farmers' stories for new exhibition
Tune up your IRA this winter
Woodland benefits at risk from poor management practices

CROPS

American Family Insurance returns to Western Farm Show, the largest indoor farm show in the Midwest
Arkansas agriculture department releases Arkansas Grown
Ban on trans fats would be boon for canola growers
Better sweet corn research leads to better production
Bowman hired for AgriLife Extension position in Foard County
Canola College set for Enid, Okla.
CCPI to provide $684K to restore Kansas windbreaks, woodlands
Ceremony celebrates combined UW agricultural, outreach resources at Sheridan College
CKD Coffee Shop Agronomy Meetings begin Feb. 7
Cold weather effects on wheat
Colorado agriculture shines in photo contest
Colorado Corn thanks Sens. Udall and Bennet and Rep. DeGette for RFS support
Colorado site for Central Plains Irrigation Symposium
Community Supported Agriculture farms face new challenges, competition
Family business, soil health, organic production topics at WESTI Ag Days in Worland
Farm management course for women starts March 3
Farmer continues farming with help of Colorado AgrAbility
Finney Extension to host Ag Profitability Conference Feb. 5
Four States Agricultural Exposition on Feb. 6 will have 4 'tracks'
Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo is back April 9-11
Iowa Farm Bureau farmers headed to China for market study tour
Iowa State project aims to reduce major cause of soil erosion on Iowa farm fields
ISU researchers sequence genome of a soybean fungus responsible for sudden death syndrome
Kansas leader joins nation's corn growers for policy review
K-State chemical weed control guide available
K-State Extension, Kansas Soybean Commission to host Soybean Production School
Many insect pests have survival strategies for cold weather
Missouri Blueberry School conference set for Feb. 21-22 in Springfield
National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health planned in all states Feb. 18
New system in place for non-farm large truck registrations
NMSU expert seeks alternative irrigation sources to save potable landscaping water
NRCS announces deadline for Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
NRCS improves soils data for growing customer base
NRCS, groundwater management districts offer Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
Private pesticide training scheduled for southwest Nebraska
Researchers study hydromulches with guar gum substitutes
Rice blast research reveals details on how a fungus invades plants
Roundup Ready soybean patent expiring
Rural Life Conference Feb. 28 features 11 workshops
Sharing wheat knowledge
Soil fertility meeting Feb. 20 in Salina
Third Crop Producer Meeting set Feb. 3
Tuition grants for ag worker education available
U.S. national inventory created for wild relatives of important crops
Upcoming workshop aimed at plasticulture producers
Water Conservation Symposium set for Feb. 12
Weathering the storm
Wichita Falls Ranch & Farm Expo planned
Wind energy symposium Feb. 12
Winter Crop Update set for Feb. 12 in Kingman
Wyoming to have bee college conference

LIVESTOCK

2014 Beef Feedlot Roundtables planned at 3 locations in February
2014 Leopold Conservation Award applications available
Advanced bull selection clinic to cover genomics, values, synchronization
Animal health commissioner delivers report to House committee
AQHA cloning lawsuit update
Bass and beef: A winning combination in Japan
Bison ranchers celebrate profitability, plan for growth at conference
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattle stolen from Stafford feeding facility
Cattlemen's Day at Gudmundsen looks ahead
Consider cost, flexibility when selecting goat fencing
Crouch wins 2014 Missouri Beef Queen title
Dairy profit seminars set for Feb. 24-28
Feedlot roundtable sessions to be held at 6 Iowa sites
Fishing for genetics
Golf just part of fittest, funniest, oldest, 'the best' rodeo clown-funnyman
Heart of America Dairy Expo sets records
High Plains Dairy Conference set for March 5-6 in Lubbock
Hoffman, Colyer take top honors in Hereford Yard Show
Hog producers should take steps to avoid PEDV
Horse slaughter blocked by federal government
ICA supports proposed rule change on trichomoniasis testing
ILC examines lost opportunities
Kansas Department of Agriculture supports ruling in the Clawson case
K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy planned for June 11-14
Leadership conference a learning experience for participants
Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop set Feb. 8
Managing cattle in winter weather
MCA, MCF auction raises $24,000 for junior cattlemen
MU meat team places in top 10 at National Western judging contest
NCBA accepting applications for public policy internship
Prepare now for a successful calving season
Rancher Relief Fund helping hundreds of ranchers
Soaring beef and cattle prices say a lot about beef demand
Spring expected progeny differences assist producers with bull-buying decisions
Top 8 Junior Livestock champions go for all-time record of $322,000
Top Commercial, Seedstock Producers of the Year awarded
UNL to offer beef profitability workshops for producers
USCA issues statement supporting final passage of farm bill
Western spirit rides high in 2014

EDITOR

Farm bill flurry for final passage
It's done. It's done
The general store--gone but not forgotten

COLUMNS

Efficiency found in liquid fertilizer
Gunboat diplomacy may be needed to finish the Panama Canal
Inverter generator balances portability, power
Planet and human health are top priority
Postcards from the couch
Seed grower adds to lineup for 2014
Study shows negative effects of modified-live vaccines on reproductive success
Sustainability trends and the family business
Winter is always a challenge
Wire winder helps farmers

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids mixed
Hay trade, movement slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Most hay classes steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock sales report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock market report
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Lime is important additive for field, pasture

FAMILY

Dates set for Panhandle Master Gardener Training Program
Food handouts harm wildlife
Kansas FFA Alumni awards 40 scholarships
Kansas NRCS seeks applications for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative
Landowners in prairie chicken areas offered deal
Meditation
Moth orchids brighten your home
Oklahoma gardeners gear up for spring planting
Orchard full of unusual features
OSU Extension offers thousands of documents through POD
Participate in life
Program provides assistance to start-up food companies
School will cover safety issues involving acidified canned foods
Specialty greens pack a nutritional punch
Super starters

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