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ISSUE DATE: 02/18/2013

Seeking a Pot of Gold

By Jennifer Carrico

The drought of 2012 affected nearly every farmer across the Corn Belt and it continues to linger, making farmers wonder if the 2013 growing season will have a pot of gold at its end.

"Right now our subsoil is very dry," said Lynnville, Iowa, farmer Roger Zylstra. "I have lived on or near this farm my entire 61 years and this is the driest I've ever witnessed."

He said the topsoil moisture is not in terrible shape right now, with moisture being seen about 18 inches down on his farm in east central Iowa. But he stressed the need for timely rain throughout the growing season to get the most out of this year's crop.

Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Elwynn Taylor said the drought of 2012 was the continuation of a weather pattern that started in 2010, moving from the east and south, up into the upper Midwest.

"The 2012 event ended a several-year drought in the northwest United States and ended a six-year continuous string of above-trend U.S. corn yields," he said.


NEWS

CommonGround decodes common food labels
Farm Bureau Leadership Conference to focus on legislative issues
Governor proclaims Farm Bureau Week
Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers claims due March 25
IANR delegation advances initiatives on trip to China
Iowa Farm Bureau offers Black Sea Market Study Tour opportunity to members
Iowa Farm Bureau sets 2013 legislative priorities
Minnesota Project to hold Farm Energy Auditor Training Program
Nebraska LEAD 31 travels to Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan
Study evaluates lunchroom-plate waste in elementary schools
Think edibles when planning your spring and summer landscape
USDA climate change adaptation plan open for public comment
USDA expands trade, works to eliminate barriers

CROPS

2013 Chemical Weed Control Guide available
Achieving high corn yields with limited irrigation water supplies
AgriLife Extension issues water-saving challenge
Agronomist joins Iowa State's corn-breeding program
Biodiesel industry sets 10-year vision
Corn Advisor app turns smartphones, tablets into 24/7 corn experts
Corn cobs eyed for bioenergy production
'Creating a Successful Business Plan' workshop is Feb. 21
Economist provides update on corn consumption
Faces of Farming & Ranching winners named
Farmer happy with winter canola crop
Green stink bug emerging as primary pest
Initiative promotes sustainability through cottonseed oil use, recycling, re-use
Iowa State honors Council for Agricultural Science and Technology CEO
IPSA conference exceeds expectations
Irrigated cotton had good yields in 2012 harvest
Kansas growers discuss corn policy
K-State Extension offers gardening, agriculture events
Lady beetle diet influences its effectiveness as biocontrol agent
Management strategies help control resistant weeds
National soy checkoff recognized for biodiesel leadership
Nebraska Soybean leaders attend National Biodiesel Conference
NMSU to offer global perspective at acequia symposium
Noble Foundation to sponsor Outstanding Conservation District Director Award
Policy Education Program raising awareness
Rural Life Conference set for Feb. 22
Sen. Baucus and staff recognized for support of wheat industry
Soil fertility meeting set for Feb. 21 in Liebenthal
SU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents awards
Sunflower crop survey now online
Sunflower production up in 2012
USDA announces Agricultural Outlook Forum speakers
Webcast covers seed potato production
Webinar will address farmland values, rental rates
Wheat harvest documentary will debut in 2014
Wheat Leaders Reunion held at Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
Work for the soil, scientist says
Young professionals attend ag executive forum

LIVESTOCK

30th National Beef Cook-Off seeks recipes
AAEP helps continue Operation Gelding Program
Ag groups call for establishment of traceability advisory group
AQHA convention offers special events
AQHA Education site up and running
AYHC welcomes Danette McGuire as executive director
Beef, dairy producers can obtain free BQA certification
Chase County teams win ranch rodeos
CHC Expo on track for March
Choate joins AHC
Cox joins ASI Executive Board
Cross Diamond Cattle Company wins livestock industry leader award
Dedication to rodeo perfection leads Paola cowgirl to all-around championship
EHV-1 positive horse recuperates, returns to Texas
Extension meeting will discuss trichomoniasis regulations
Gagliano elected AHC trustee
Gering native wins Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer contest
Grants help pay for poultry house energy audits, upgrades
Horse Sense Workshop set Feb. 25 in Topeka
ICA members adopt policy for 2013
Julie Chaney completes in 485 mile Colorado Trail
Kansas Farmers Union opposes equine assessment
Limousin Pen and Carload Champions selected at National Western Stock Show
Midwest Ranch Horse Finals held
MU economist: Risk management skills determine dairy survival
Mustang Million offers $50,000 in prize money for talented youth trainers
National dairy panel examines industry effects on producers
NCBA recognizes 2012 Top Hand Club Winners
NILE Foundation doubles scholarships
No decline in 2012 Missouri dairy cow numbers
NVRHA champions crowned
Oklahoma horse owners should take precautions against West Nile
Oklahoma State center researches 'carwash for meat'
Outstanding commercial and seedstock producers honored at CCA's Mid-Winter Conference
Paola cowgirl takes year-end All-Around title at United Rodeo Association Finals
Ranch Expo to showcase Akaushi cattle, pasture management
Ranch rodeo in memory of Allen cowboy Thomas K. Reed draws strong competition
Stanley Stout Center dedication planned March 1
Tax changes could affect horse owners
Turn 'N Burn for the Cure a success in 2012
UHC member addresses rescue, adoption: Rags to Riches Rescue Competition
UHC partners with American Competitive Trail Horse Association to help unwanted horses
Unwanted Horse Coalition's Operation Gelding castrates 208 stallions in 2012
USDA announces Milk Income Loss Contract Program updates
West Nile virus: Still a threat
With hot air treatment, bacteria fly the coop
Wyoming rancher named National Bison Association Member of the Year

EDITOR

Prairie dog conservation proposed; Comments end Feb. 22
The contrast and the unity
They deserve a vote

COLUMNS

Give her a heifer
Is it time to build new lakes across America?
Just a scoop full
Now who is the expert in sustainability?

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
All crops in mostly poor to very poor conditions
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Below normal precip hurts crop conditions
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado livestock auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains close lower, soybeans bearish
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices remain steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Producers continue to cope with drought
Returning drought conditions concerning
Salina feeder cattle auction report
San Angelo livestock sales report
South Central Direct sheep sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Temps fluctuated widely in January
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat condition declines in January
Wheat condition rated above last year
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Agent offers tips for short-term pasture management
Pasture renovation options conference Feb. 19
PLC, NCBA support reintroduction of Grazing Improvement Act
Taney County Livestock and Forage Conference is Feb. 28

FAMILY

Avalon packs in the amenities
Caring for and transplanting flowering indoor plants
Commercial Horticulture Marketing Workshop set for Feb. 23
Competition heats up between Missouri and Kansas FFA chapters for Western Farm Show Food Drive
Cut clutter, save time cleaning
Extension to introduce family gardening program
Garden tips for February
Helpful household tips
Home cooked meal inspiration
Master Gardeners offer free gardening seminar Feb. 23
Meditation
Now is a good time to clean the kitchen
Oklahoma Proven plants selected for 2013
Pizza, Pizza
QUWF forms new chapter in Arkansas
Saving starts with a plan
Students encouraged to produce videos promoting agriculture
Virus helps scientists identify veggie enemies

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