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March 2014 Articles

Just Rambling, March 2014
"Local Business Recognized During Northeast Louisiana District Livestock Show"
Louisiana Tech University Stock Horse Team
Red Imported Fire Ants, Management Options -- Continued from March Issue
Livestock Markets and Government Sequestration
Making Sense of the Nitrogen Cycle
Tropical hibiscuses add to spring, summer landscapes
Lawn Mower Safety
Did You Know?
Historical Facts:
Farmers Words of Wisdom
Shade gardening takes planning
Master Gardeners Help Make Louisiana Beautiful
New Waterway Bill Addresses Critical Needs
New Taxes Burdensome for Farm and Ranch Families
Did You Know?
Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young Farmers
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Feral hogs, deer disease topics of field day
New forestry industries plan moves to Louisiana
Rehydrate with skim milk
Quote
Spiritual Corner: People of the Way
Cutting Corners: Three Layer Delight
Looking Into 2013
Fruit plants add diversity to landscapes
Plant Southern Magnolias Now
Strain Responds to Congress' Farm Bill Extension
Now - or anytime - is a good time to mulch
Historical Facts:
Insect Management--Red Imported Fire Ants--Management Options (Continued from De
Cotton growers slowly transition to round bales
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding
Louisiana farmers set several yield records in 2012
Controlling Rain Rot
Vitamins for Horses
Louisiana's Commercial Poultry Industry
"New" Bedding for Broilers
Louisiana Ghost Story
Canadian and U.S. Cow Slaughter Numbers Linked
Cutting Corners: Sausage Corn Chowder
Improving the Profitablity of Contract Boiler Operations
Duck Hunting in LA
Strain Named 2012 Veterinarian of the Year
LDAF Works to Deter Spread of Virus in Horses
Farmers advised on EPA fuel tank rules
Landowners advised to focus on forest productivity
Excess Capacity and its Impact on the Beef Industry
Cattle Inventory Report Summary
Controlling Grass Tetany
Livestock Market News - Situation and Outlook, Week Ending February 1, 2013
Bill extension leaves farmers uncertain about future
Historical Facts:
Trail rides, related businesses offer financial potential
Pigeon Fever Cases Identified in Northwest Arkansas
Dogwoods deserve a second look
Prune trees and shrubs correctly
Horse Trivia
Seasonal Price and Production Influences in the Broiler Chicken Industry
33 recognized as new Louisiana Master Farmers
Cutting Corners: Beef-Stuffed Peppers
Horse Trivia
New License Plate to Benefit Timber Industry
Strain Urges DEA to Review Enforcement of Controlled Substances
NASDA Members Press Congress to Enact Long-Term Farm Bill
Beef Demand Index Improvement
LDAF Warns Horse Owners of Potential Virus
Safe Tractor Operation
Red Imported Fire Ants, Management Options -- Continued from January Issue
IRS Humor
Tips for starting a home vegetable garden
Diagnostic Plan for Weak and Still-born Calves
Antibiotics Remain Important for Animal and Public Health
Farm Bureau Raises Record Food, Funds for Feeding America
Farm Bureau Urges Ag Labor Guestworker Program
Asian soybean rust found earlier this year
Replacement Heifer Management-FAQ's
Planning for azaleas is important spring decision
Proper early-season care gets roses off to a good start
Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day
Aging
Effects of Temperature and Acclimation to Handling on Reproductive Performance o
Improving the Profitablity of Contract Boiler Operations
Cutting Corners: Fried Rice
Psalm 117

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Just Rambling, March 2014

 Just Rambling: How was your February? Without asking, I know it was very cold for practically everyone within the United States. Other than the cold weather, my February got off to a good start. Below is a picture of myself & my German Sheppard dog, Abbey, which I inherited from my daughter, Blair, when she moved to Ruston to attend La Tech this past fall. She is only 18 months old and is an extremely high energy dog, but she & I have bonded really well. She looks forward to going... read more


"Local Business Recognized During Northeast Louisiana District Livestock Show"

 “LOCAL BUSINESS RECOGNIZED DURING NORTHEAST LOUISIANA

DISTRICT LIVESTOCK SHOW”


During the recent supporter recognition program held during the Northeast Louisiana District Livestock Show a Union Parish business, Dean’s Processing of Hwy. 549 Farmerville, was recognized as a Gold Level sponsor for their financial support of the district show.

We would like to express our appreciation to the folks at Dean’s Processing and many others... read more


Louisiana Tech University Stock Horse Team

 

Louisiana Tech University Stock Horse Team

The Louisiana Tech University Agricultural Sciences Department has just recently been granted permission to form a Stock Horse Team. The team will take part in clinics and competitions through the Louisiana Stock Horse Association, also known as LASH.

LASH is a Louisiana organization that was created by “fellow horsemen to offer affordable, fun, and standardized ranch horse riding clinics and... read more


Red Imported Fire Ants, Management Options -- Continued from March Issue

 Red Imported Fire ants, Managemnet Option—Continued from March Issue Source: University ofArkansas

Nurserymen's Options

The movement of queen and colonies in sod and nursery stock was recognized early in the study of RIFA as a factor in its expansion throughout the south. In 1958 a federal quarantine was initiated to limit the movement of various materials outside of the quarantine area. The quarantine is in place today throughout much of the south. Nurseries that... read more


Livestock Markets and Government Sequestration

 


Livestock Markets and Government Sequestration Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter

Signs have pointed for month that a sequestration of the federal government’s budget occurring for months, so the fact it actually occurred is not surprising. The furloughing of federal meat inspectors has received the most attention of cuts to USDA. The resulting political pressure was able to... read more


Making Sense of the Nitrogen Cycle

 Making Sense of the Nitrogen Cycle

Source: University of Arkansas, Dirk Philipp, Assistant Professor Animal Science

Nitrogen (N) is the most limiting nutrient for plant growth and should be managed accordingly to make the most efficient use of synthetic fertilizer and manure. This is of importance to all dairy operations. In conventional dairies, manure and/or synthetic N fertilizer is applied to crops that may be used as feed such as silage, and in pasture-based... read more


Tropical hibiscuses add to spring, summer landscapes

 Tropical hibiscuses add to spring, summer landscapes Source:  Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – In Louisiana, we are ideally located to grow many plants that are adapted to more tropical and semi-tropical climates. This is especially true south of Interstate 10 and Interstate 12.

 Even for those of us who cannot use tropical plants as perennials, many plants are still available to select from for colorful foliage and tropical flowers.... read more


Lawn Mower Safety

 Lawn Mower Safety Source: Subodh Kulkarni, Ph.D. Program Associate ­ Machinery, University of Arkansas

Lawn mowers enable homeowners and groundskeepers to keep neat, appealing grass simply by mowing. Many youngsters earn extra money by mowing lawns. However, a lawn mower can be extremely dangerous if it is not handled properly. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that each year lawn mowers

injure over... read more


Did You Know?

 Did you Know:

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to by a replacement.

... read more

Historical Facts:

 Historical Facts:


2000—USDA unveils organic standards for foods and the official organic seal.


2002—China admitted into the WTO.


2008—Each U.S. farmer produces food and fiber for 155 people.


2008—Food, Conservation and Energy Act enacted. Globally, more than 13.3 million people in 23 countries grow biotech crops; about 12.3 million of them are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Accumulated acreage of biotech... read more


Farmers Words of Wisdom

 Farmers Words of Wisdom:


The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.


When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.


Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth...AMEN!


 

... read more

Shade gardening takes planning

 Shade gardening takes planning Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu By Dan Gill

LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

 I love to garden in shady areas, although I know gardeners who complain about gardening successfully in the shade. Trouble mostly occurs when sun-loving plants are planted in shady locations. When the proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and enduring. And I’d much rather work in a... read more


Master Gardeners Help Make Louisiana Beautiful

 Master Gardeners Help Make Louisiana Beautiful Source: LSU AgCenter


The LSU AgCenter offers home gardeners opportunities to develop their skills and share their knowledge with others through participation in the Louisiana Master Gardener program.

The Louisiana Master Gardener program involves volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners in Louisiana. The program is divided into two parts: instruction and service. Participants,... read more


New Waterway Bill Addresses Critical Needs

 New Waterway Bill Addresses Critical Needs Source: www.fb.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2013 – The recently introduced Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency and Environment Act of 2013 (WAVE 4) will address the critical needs of the inland waterways system, create American jobs, foster growth in U.S. exports and continue to encourage the economic benefits that the nation’s waterways generate, according to Farm Bureau.

“Construction, dredging and repairs... read more


New Taxes Burdensome for Farm and Ranch Families

 New Taxes Burdensome for Farm and Ranch Families

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2013 – New Medicare taxes, the health insurance tax and penalties for failure to meet coverage requirements will harm the nation’s farm and ranch families, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress today.

The new Medicare Contribution Tax, which is a tax on unearned income such as capital gains, will burden farmers and ranchers more than many other taxpayers because farming and ranching is a capital-intensive... read more


Did You Know?

 Did you Know: Good judgment comes from experience and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

... read more

Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young Farmers

 Adequate Land Ranks as Top Concern of Young Farmers Source: www.fb.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2013 – Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified in the latest survey of participants in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program. That challenge was identified by 20 percent of respondents, followed by burdensome government regulations and “red tape,” which was identified by15 percent of the young farmers and... read more


Quote

 “ Heaven help the nation that does not have him (the farmer) to support it.” Paul Harvey

... read more

Feral hogs, deer disease topics of field day

 Feral hogs, deer disease topics of field day Source: LSU AgCenter Writer: Johnny Morgan at 225-578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

 CLINTON, La. – How best to deal with feral hogs and an overview of the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) problem in white-tailed deer were featured at the LSU AgCenter Wildlife Field Day at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station on March 16.

 Participants heard how to trap and safely butcher feral pigs and an update on how the EHD virus or bluetongue... read more


New forestry industries plan moves to Louisiana

 New forestry industries plan moves to Louisiana

Source: LSU AgCenter Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

 ALEXANDRIA, La. – The director of the Louisiana Forestry Association told foresters at a March 12 conference that several industries are planning to locate in Louisiana that would use wood to make biofuels and fertilizers.

 “If you are in the logging business, here’s great opportunity for you,” said Buck Vandersteen at the LSU... read more


Rehydrate with skim milk

 Rehydrate with skim milk New research shows that skim milk - not water or a sports drink - is the best way to rehydrate after exercise. Researchers at the Loughborough University’s School of Sport and Exercise Studies in Leicestershire, England found that people who drank skim milk rehydrated four times faster than those who drank water or a sports drink. Sound like the folks at the Indianapolis 500 have known this all along, since the celebratory drink for the winning driver is a tall glass of cold milk.

... read more

Quote

 If you find yourself in a hole the best thing to do is stop diggin’.

... read more

Spiritual Corner: People of the Way

 Spiritual Corner People of the Way By: Tommy Bennett

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” (Acts 9:1-2). In a recent sermon I looked at the life of the Apostle Paul and how he had always been one who fought for his beliefs, even if his early efforts were channeled in the wrong direction.... read more


Cutting Corners: Three Layer Delight

  Three Layer Delight


2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding 1 cup milk

1 box graham crackers 1 8oz cool whip


Blend milk and pudding together. Refrigerate until firm. Mix with cool whip and chill until firm. In a 9x13 pan line bottom with whole graham crackers. Then put in a layer of pudding. Repeat then cover with another layer of graham crackers.


1 1/2 c confectioners sugar 3 T cocoa 3 T milk

Mix, then pour over crackers. Refrigerate for 24... read more


Looking Into 2013

 Looking Into 2013 Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter
As the year draws to a close, the sense of déjà vu for the cattle markets is very real as many of the issues present at the close of 2012 remain from the end of 2011. The most pressing of these issues is obviously the drought that expanded from the Southern Plains in 2011 into the Corn Belt this past summer. While there was some relief for the Southern Plains earlier this year, the drought has re-intensified in that region with... read more


Fruit plants add diversity to landscapes

  Fruit plants add diversity to landscapes Source: Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La., -- Plucking fresh fruit from your own orchard can be a delicious way to add beauty and taste to your home landscape. The best time to plant fruit trees in Louisiana is now through January. Plant now, and you can pick your own fruit at home later.

 Fruit trees and bushes make a great addition to many landscapes. A large number of fruit trees can be grown successfully in Louisiana.... read more


Plant Southern Magnolias Now

 Plant Southern magnolias now Source: Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist


 January and February are excellent months to plant trees in Louisiana. If you’re thinking about adding shade trees, small spring- or summer-flowering trees or trees for screening, head out to local nurseries and purchase and plant trees in the next few weeks. Arbor Day in Louisiana is on Friday, Jan. 18, this year. It’s always the third Friday in January because this is such a good time to plant trees.

 If you have a place where you want... read more


Strain Responds to Congress' Farm Bill Extension

 Strain Responds to Congress’ Farm Bill Extension

Baton Rouge, LA (January 2, 2013) – “While Congress worked on passing the fiscal cliff bill over the New Year holiday, those in the agriculture industry eagerly anticipated movement on the expired Farm Bill. A short-term extension of the bill blocks milk and bread prices from drastically increasing, but the state of the Farm Bill remains unfinished. Funding to many vital programs such as disaster assistance is suspended indefinitely. It is critical that we have a comprehensive, effective... read more


Now - or anytime - is a good time to mulch

 Now – or anytime – is a good time to mulch

Source: Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – As we approach the end of fall and the beginning of winter, we may have oak leaves and pine needles lying around in our landscapes in abundance. What can we do with these products? How about using them for mulch in our landscape beds, around our trees and in our vegetable gardens? Sometimes leaf litter, pine straw and similar materials are called “Mother Nature’s mulch.”

 Mulching... read more


Historical Facts:

 Historical Facts:

1959—Mechanical tomato harvester developed.


1964—National Food Stamp Act passed.


1970—Plant Variety Protection Act passed.


1979—Grain embargo imposed against the Soviet Union following its invasion of Afghanistan.


1981—Soviet grain embargo lifted.


1987—Less than three hours of labor and about one acre of land are required to produce 100 bushels of corn, with one farmer using a tractor, 5-bottom... read more


Insect Management--Red Imported Fire Ants--Management Options (Continued from De

 Insect Management—Red Imported Fire Ants—Management Options ( Continued from December Issue) Based on insect control technologies that are available today, there is a general agreement that eradicating (killing all RIFA) is NOT possible. The ants rapid reproduction, the large areas infested, and difficulty in treating ALL mounds make the red imported fire ant impossible to eliminate. The Goal of any Management Practice Should be to Minimuze the Impact of RIFA on People and Property.

Personal Perception of the Red Imported Fire Ants

An individual's... read more


Cotton growers slowly transition to round bales

 Cotton growers slowly transition to round bales Writer: Tobie Blanchard at 225-578-5649 or tblanchard@agcenter.lsu.edu  

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s cotton crop has been picked, baled and ginned. Large rectangular bales sitting by the fields are a common sight during the harvest season. But in some areas of the state, round bales are replacing the more familiar cotton modules.

 The main advantage to round balers is fewer pieces of equipment and less labor needed, according to LSU AgCenter... read more


Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding

 Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Fiscal Cliff Package and Farm Bill Extension WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2013 – “While much work remains on addressing the spending side of the ledger, the fiscal cliff package that was just approved injected a good dose of certainty into our nation’s tax policy. That is a major achievement. The measure restored the $5 million exemption level for the estate tax, which was in danger of falling to just $1 million. On the minus side, the top estate tax rate increased from 35 percent to 40 percent.... read more


Louisiana farmers set several yield records in 2012

 Louisiana farmers set several yield records in 2012

Writer: Tobie Blanchard at 225-578-5649 or tblanchard@agcenter.lsu.edu  

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite drought conditions and a hurricane, 2012 was an excellent year for Louisiana farmers. Many of the state’s major commodities saw record yields and historically high prices.

 LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said good production practices and a lot of luck with the weather helped.

 “We were relatively dry overall. But in many cases, we got just... read more


Controlling Rain Rot

 Controlling Rain Rot

Source: Mark Russell, Assistant Professor - Equine U of A

As Arkansas approaches a more wet time of year (at least we hope), one of the major considerations for horses housed outside is the potential of developing rain rot, aka dermatophilosis. It is also known as rain scald or mud fever. It doesn’t have to just be a fall or winter condition but can also been seen (although with less frequency) during the spring. Dr. Anthony Yu, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVD of Ontario Veterinary College, states:

The Dermatophilus organism... read more


Vitamins for Horses

 Vitamins For Horses Source: LSU AgCenter

Vitamin supplementation in horses is generally not needed since common feeds normally contain adequate amounts. Vitamin A is found in green leafy plants or yellow grain such as corn, but may be deficient in the winter months when green grass is unavailable and if hay quality is poor. Vitamin D is essential for calcium and phosphorous deposition in bone formation. However, deficiencies rarely occur, since animals exposed to sunlight synthesize sufficient vitamin D to meet their needs. Vitamin E is abundant in most rations and seldom needs supplementation.... read more


Louisiana's Commercial Poultry Industry

 Louisiana’s Commercial Poultry Industry Source: Theresia Lavergne, Ph.D., P.A.S., Professor – Poultry LSU AgCenter, School of Animal Sciences

Poultry production continues to be the largest animal agricultural industry in Louisiana and is second only to forestry in total income production for all agricultural commodities. In 2011, 899.3 million pounds of broiler meat were produced in Louisiana. The gross farm value of these broilers was $735.8... read more


"New" Bedding for Broilers

 “New” Bedding for Broilers Source: Theresia Lavergne, Ph.D., P.A.S., Professor – Poultry LSU AgCenter, School of Animal Sciences

LSU AgCenter faculty are evaluating new sources of bedding for the commercial broiler industry. These beddings are being evaluated at the Central Research Station Poultry Unit in Baton Rouge and at the Hill Farm Broiler Demonstration Houses in Homer. One of the beddings is a pelleted pine wood fiber, and the other bedding is a pelleted blend of recycled newsprint and recycled “old corrugated container”... read more


Louisiana Ghost Story

 Louisiana Ghost Story By Ronnie Hamilton


An Ohio businessman, Saul Rubins, abandoned his disabled vehicle on the side of the road, and attempted to hitchhike. The night was pitch dark in the middle of a thunderstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by.

It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face. Suddenly, through the sheets of rain, he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghostlike in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Desperately needing a ride, Saul jumped in the car and closed the door.

Only then... read more


Canadian and U.S. Cow Slaughter Numbers Linked

 CANADIAN AND U.S. COW SLAUGHTER NUMBERS LINKED Source: www.aragriculture.org

Since late summer, U.S. imports of Canadian slaughter cows have been significantly above a year ago, with rather large year-over-year increases in recent weeks. At the same time, cow slaughter within Canada has declined. There are a number of factors contributing to this situation, most relating to plant closures, reduced processing schedules, and market conditions. This situation has propped-up the number of cows slaughtered in the U.S.

So far this year, U.S. imports of Canadian slaughter cows have been up 32% from last... read more


Cutting Corners: Sausage Corn Chowder

  Sausage Corn Chowder

Sandy Lee sent me this recipe because its quick and easy and delicious


1Package pan sausage 1 Med. Onion chopped

3 Medium Potatoes cubed 1 tsp. Basil or Italian Seasoning

1 can evaporated milk 1 can whole kernel corn

1 can cream style corn 2 cups water


Brown sausage and onion in pot until sausage is no longer pink.  Add potatoes water and seasoning or until potatoes are soft. Add evaporated milk and corn simmer until the consistency is the way you like Probably 15 minutes. You can use country style... read more


Improving the Profitablity of Contract Boiler Operations

 Improving the Profitability of Contract Broiler Operations Source: Jason Holmes, County Agent and Regional Livestock Specialist, LSU AgCenter A series of workshops will be held in spring 2013 across north Louisiana to help improve the profitability of contract broiler operations. While contract broiler growers may not be able to control marketing decisions, improved financial management and farm productivity can result in improved profitability. read more


Duck Hunting in LA

 

My dad, Randy Hughs, and I have always hunted spots on the WMA close to home, Sarepta, La. We usually come out of the woods with our limit on wood ducks each hunt. I enjoy hunting any kind of ducks, especially wood ducks and mallards because they are delicious! Although we do not kill our limit on mallards everyday, it is still rewarding for me because I am spending time with my dad and enjoying the wonderful creations that God has placed all around us. However, sometimes we do get lucky and walk out of the woods with a band or two on a big greenhead (happened two years ago). Louisiana hunting is like a... read more


Strain Named 2012 Veterinarian of the Year

 Strain Named 2012 Veterinarian of the Year

Baton Rouge, LA (January 30, 2013) – The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) named Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. Veterinarian of the Year (Dr. Ralph C. Cooper Award).

According to LVMA, the recipient of the Ralph C. Cooper Veterinarian of the Year Award is recognized by his or her colleagues for contributions to the veterinary profession in Louisiana . The nominee must have a positive influence in promoting animal health and welfare in the community as well as within the profession. The nominee should also... read more


LDAF Works to Deter Spread of Virus in Horses

 LDAF Works to Deter Spread of Virus in Horses

Baton Rouge, LA (January 8, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is monitoring all horses entering Louisiana from Illinois after reports of at least 68 horses that tested positive in recent months for Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) at the Hawthorne Race Course located in Illinois. Horse owners must provide health certificates to the Louisiana State Veterinarian’s Office prior to entry.... read more


Farmers advised on EPA fuel tank rules

 Farmers advised on EPA fuel tank rules Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

 RAYVILLE, La. – Louisiana rice farmers heard Tuesday, Jan. 22, that federal regulations for large fuel storage tanks on farms and ranches will go into effect May 15 unless Congress can be convinced to delay the measures for another year.

 Speaking at a meeting for northeast Louisiana rice farmers called by the LSU AgCenter to prepare for the upcoming crop, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had considered allowing... read more


Landowners advised to focus on forest productivity

 Landowners advised to focus on forest productivity Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

WEST MONROE, La. – Keeping sites productive in today’s economy is an important consideration to managing forestlands, according to LSU AgCenter forestry specialist Mike Blazier.

With housing starts just starting to recover from an earlier slump, the market for saw timber and plywood is still weak, Blazier told the audience at the annual LSU AgCenter forestry forum on Jan. 18.

Near-term possibilities include a strong demand for pulpwood for packaging and shipping containers, he said.... read more


Excess Capacity and its Impact on the Beef Industry

 Excess Capacity and its Impact on the Beef Industry Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter

Excess capacity in the U.S. beef industry is not an issue that gets much attention compared to consumer demand for beef, drought, high feed costs, declining beef cattle numbers, and the increased average age of producers. However, excess capacity will be one of the factors that shape the beef cattle industry over the next few years as structural change continues. The recent announcement of Cargill idling a plant in Texas won’t be the last of similar decisions made in the packing and feedlot sectors... read more


Cattle Inventory Report Summary

  Cattle Inventory Report Summary Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter

The report is summarized below with data collected in the first weeks of the year. Some quick summary thoughts are below:

 1)      While this report does not have the surprises of last week’s Cattle on Feed report, there are still important takeaways contained in it. The number of U.S. beef cows was slightly less than expected even with an upward revision in the number of beef cows present in 2012. The net result was still a decline... read more


Controlling Grass Tetany

 Controlling Grass Tetany  Source: Dr. Jeremy Powell, University of Arkansas

Grass tetany can become a problem during the months of February, March and April. This disease normally occurs in Arkansas when our cool-season forages begin to regrow in late winter and early spring. Grass tetany is due to an abnormally low level of magnesium in the cow’s body, and older lactating cows are more susceptible.

Early signs in cows affected by tetany include a decreased appetite, frequent urination, separation from the herd, increased excitability, muscle spasms and a stiff or unsteady gait. These early signs may occur for as little as... read more


Livestock Market News - Situation and Outlook, Week Ending February 1, 2013

 Livestock Market News - Situation and Outlook, Week Ending February 1, 2013 Source: www.aragriculture.org

According to John Michael Riley, Asst. Extension Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University: The Bulls Are Grazing.

Friday’s USDA Cattle on Feed report coupled with this morning’s news that Japan will be relaxing their restrictions for beef imported from the United States has the market bulls clamoring. The latter had been floating around with no certain time frame known. This potential increase in export demand has added fuel to a fire that was started by Friday’s on... read more


Bill extension leaves farmers uncertain about future

 Bill extension leaves farmers uncertain about future Writer: Tobie Blanchard at 225-578-5649 or tblanchard@agcenter.lsu.edu

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Farmers are disappointed that Congress couldn’t pass a new farm bill in 2012 and instead extended the 2008 farm bill, which technically expired in September. LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi says this puts farmers in a difficult position as they make planting decisions for this year.

 “We have enough risk in crop production and agriculture, and having so much uncertainty about the farm program just adds to that,” Salassi said. 

 The extension... read more


Historical Facts:

 Historical Facts:


1993—The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) approved. Advances in biotechnology reach the agricultural producer and consumer level.


1994—Farmers begin using satellite technology to track and plan their farming practices. USDA approves the use of rBST to improve milk production in dairy cattle.

... read more

Trail rides, related businesses offer financial potential

 Trail rides, related businesses offer financial potential Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

WEST MONROE, La. – Trail rides and other horse-related enterprises are big business across the country, particularly in the South. “Trail riders spend $50-$70 million yearly,” said Clint Depew, retired LSU AgCenter equine specialist.

“The question is, can we capture some of that revenue in Louisiana,” Depew said at an agritourism workshop focused on the equine industry Jan. 18.

Louisiana has about 200,000 horses, he said. About 60 percent – 47,000 people – are for recreational... read more


Pigeon Fever Cases Identified in Northwest Arkansas

 Pigeon Fever Cases Identified in Northwest Arkansas

Dr. Jeremy Powell, Associate Professor and Veterinarian, University of Arkansas

A handful of pigeon fever cases have recently occurred in northwest Arkansas near Springdale. Pigeon fever is a disease that causes abscesses and a mild fever in horses. The disease is typically more prevalent in drier climates and is not common for Arkansas, but this year’s drought conditions may have been ideal for disease development.

Pigeon fever is due to an infection by the bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis that leads to pectoral abscesses in the chest area. The abscesses cause the... read more


Dogwoods deserve a second look

 Dogwoods deserve a second look Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu, By Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – Our great dogwoods (Cornus florida) once reigned supreme as one of the traditional Southern landscape plants. Dogwoods are deciduous, spring-flowering trees native to the eastern half of the United States and grow to a height of 30 feet. They are beautiful plants for partially shady, understory and sandy soil areas.

 Something has happened to our dogwood populations over the past 25 years. We see far fewer dogwoods in native woods around the Southeast, and many garden centers... read more


Prune trees and shrubs correctly

 Prune trees and shrubs correctly Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu, By Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – No specific set of rules will cover all pruning. The important consideration should be preserving the natural form of a particular species.

 For shrubs, the extent of annual pruning depends on the plant. Some shrubs may require removing a considerable amount of wood each year, while others require little pruning. It is much better to prune lightly each year rather than severely butcher a plant after several years of growth.

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Horse Trivia

 Horse Trivia: Maryland has almost as many Thoroughbreds as Kentucky and twice as many as any other state.

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Seasonal Price and Production Influences in the Broiler Chicken Industry

 Seasonal Price and Production Influences in the Broiler Chicken Industry Source: LSU AgCenter Overview

Poultry production in the United States is comprised primarily of producers contracting with a vertically integrated firm to raise poultry. Contract broiler chicken and turkey production differs from egg production because contract producers provide labor, utilities, management and the buildings to raise poultry while the vertically integrated firm provides all other inputs – namely the birds, feed, medication and techni­cal assistance. In instances where broilers... read more


33 recognized as new Louisiana Master Farmers

 


 


33 recognized as new Louisiana Master Farmers

Writer: Johnny Morgan at 225-578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

 BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2013 class of Louisiana Master Farmers was recognized at a luncheon sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

 This is the second largest group since the first class was honored in 2006, according to Ernest Girouard, LSU AgCenter coordinator of the Master Farmer Program.

 Having this group of producers go the extra step toward certifying their farms follow best management practices... read more


Cutting Corners: Beef-Stuffed Peppers

  Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Recipe from the 2013 5 Star Beef Recipe Calendar


1 lb ground beef 4 medium bell peppers

3/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup uncooked rice

3 T ketchup 1/2 t salt

1/2 t oregano 1/4 t pepper


Sauce:

1T ketchup 1/2 t oregano

1 14 1/2 oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained


Heat oven to 350º. Cut tops off bell peppers; remove seeds. Combine ingredients. Spoon into peppers; stand peppers in 8x8inch baking dish.


Combine sauce ingredients; pour over peppers. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 1 1/2 hours.

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Horse Trivia

 Horse Trivia:

The horse industry is the largest agricultural industry in Maryland.

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New License Plate to Benefit Timber Industry

 New License Plate to Benefit Timber Industry  

 Baton Rouge, LA (February 4, 2013) –   A new license plate, designed by the Louisiana Forestry Association, is now available at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced recently.

 “The timber industry is one of the largest industries in the state of Louisiana . Part of the proceeds from the license plate will go to the forestry division at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to enhance fire protection and theft enforcement programs plus anything else that will protect this natural resource,” said LDAF Commissioner... read more


Strain Urges DEA to Review Enforcement of Controlled Substances

 Strain Urges DEA to Review Enforcement of Controlled Substances  

Baton Rouge, LA (February 26, 2013) –Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is requesting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reevaluate its position on allowing mobile veterinarians to transport controlled substances. This comes following an incident in California where mobile veterinarians were told they were in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Recently, Strain sent a letter to the DEA in which he states that the CSA should not apply to mobile veterinarians who transport controlled substances... read more


NASDA Members Press Congress to Enact Long-Term Farm Bill

  NASDA Members Press Congress to Enact Long-Term Farm Bill

Baton Rouge, LA (February 11, 2013) – At a meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in Washington D.C. last week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., along with top state agriculture officials from around the country, called on Congress to quickly enact a long-term Farm Bill. A five-year Farm Bill will give America’s farmers and ranchers more certainty for the future of their operations. “This morning I met with farmers in Jeff Davis Parish and one of their main concerns is the lack of a long-term Farm Bill. While the Farm Bill has been extended... read more


Beef Demand Index Improvement

 Beef Demand Index Improvement Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter

Even as consumers were paying record high prices for beef in 2012, the all fresh beef demand index calculated by the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) posted a 3.7% annual increase over 2011. This marks the second straight year of improvement in beef demand. Since the third quarter of 2010, there have been year-on-year increases for each quarter using the all fresh beef demand index. Retail pork demand was estimated to be slightly lower in 2012 by LMIC while the University of Missouri estimates chicken demand improved approximately... read more


LDAF Warns Horse Owners of Potential Virus

 LDAF Warns Horse Owners of Potential Virus 

Baton Rouge, LA (March 4, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is monitoring the Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) equestrian event in Ocala, Florida. On February 21, 2013, a horse displaying neurological signs was diagnosed positive for the EHV-1 wild strain and on February 27th, several more horses were diagnosed with the virus. The HITS show grounds are currently under quarantine pending Florida ’s epidemiological investigation but horses that attended the show in February may have been exposed to the virus.  Owners... read more


Safe Tractor Operation

 Safe Tractor Operation Source: Subodh Kulkarni, Ph.D., Program Associate-Machinery, University of Arkansas
Tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatalities on the farm. In Arkansas, more than 50 people have been killed by tractor overturns in the last 15 years. If this 15-year sample follows traditional accident patterns, approximately 500 farmers were seriously injured from overturns. Unfortunately, the human suffering and cost of tractor overturns is staggering. Many farmers are killed or injured in tractor accidents each year. Improper operation of a tractor or equipment causes the greatest percentage of accidents. Common hazards must be respected.... read more


Red Imported Fire Ants, Management Options -- Continued from January Issue

 Red Imported Fire Ants, Management Options –Continued from January Issue Source: University of Arkansas

Business and Industry Options

Electrical equipment and utility housings are attractive to fire ants. Air conditioners, traffic boxes, and other devices can be damaged. The ants often use electrical and utility housing units as nesting sites. Ants move soil into these units, and chew on insulation and other soft materials. They build up in high numbers around contact points and can cause short circuits.

The attraction is induced only when the ants touch both bare contacts. After contact, the electrical current flows through the ants bodies. The release of chemical cues by ants coming into... read more


IRS Humor

 IRS Humor:

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

A penny saved is a government oversight.

Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words “The” and “IRS” together it spells “Theirs”

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Tips for starting a home vegetable garden

 Tips for starting a home vegetable garden By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

 Visions of delicious homegrown vegetables can become a reality with some planning and a willingness to put in the time and work that planting and caring for a garden require. The planning part involves such considerations as where to place the garden, how large it will be and what to plant. The working part involves preparing the soil, fertilizing, planting, mulching, controlling pests and, my favorite part, harvesting.  Site selection is critical to the success of your vegetable garden. The site should receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight, preferably full or all-day... read more


Diagnostic Plan for Weak and Still-born Calves

 Diagnostic Plan for Weak and Stillborn Calves Dr. Christine Navarre  

For the majority of Louisiana beef cattle producers, calving season is just around the corner. One problem that could be encountered is weak and stillborn calves. One or two weak or stillborn calves in a 50- to 100-cow herd would not be considered abnormal. But when those numbers increase, it is time to get concerned and get some answers. Weak or stillborn calves can have both infectious and noninfectious causes. The most common noninfectious cause is poor body condition in cows. When cows drop below a body condition... read more


Antibiotics Remain Important for Animal and Public Health

 Antibiotics Remain Important for Animal and Public Health Source: www.fb.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2013 – The American Farm Bureau Federation and other members of the Coalition for Animal Health this week hosted an educational briefing for congressional staff on meat production, public health and the importance of antibiotics. The briefing focused on helping legislators understand how and why farmers and ranchers use antibiotics.

Presenters included Dr. Scott Hurd, a veterinarian and epidemiologist at Iowa State University; Dr. Christine Hoang with the American Veterinary Medical Association; and Dr. Rich Carnevale from the Animal Health Institute.

The risk to humans is negligible due to on-farm... read more


Farm Bureau Raises Record Food, Funds for Feeding America

 Farm Bureau Raises Record Food, Funds for Feeding America Source: www.fb.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 12, 2013 – The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau raised a record $971,235 and donated a record of more than 24 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” program in partnership with Feeding America. Combined, the monetary and food donations also reached a record level of the equivalent of more than 28 million meals.

Now in its 10th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program, but Farm Bureau members of all ages from across the nation contribute to the effort. In all, a record 21... read more


Farm Bureau Urges Ag Labor Guestworker Program

 Farm Bureau Urges Ag Labor Guestworker Program Source: www.fb.org WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2013 – A new, modern guestworker program for agricultural workers is needed so that U.S. farmers and ranchers can continue growing food, tending livestock and contributing to the nation’s economy, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told Congress today.

“We want to keep these jobs in America for U.S. workers, not outsource them,” Stallman testified to the House’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Farm Bureau urged lawmakers to implement... read more


Asian soybean rust found earlier this year

 Asian soybean rust found earlier this year Writer: Johnny Morgan at 225-578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s mild winter, lacking those temperatures that hover in the upper teens and lower twenties, could well be the reason for the earlier appearance of Asian soybean rust in south Louisiana.

 LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Clayton Hollier said the Jan. 2 discovery of the disease in kudzu on Perkins Road is nothing to be alarmed about. It is just a situation that will need to be watched.

 “Finding the rust is not really new following mild winters, but finding it in eight parishes mainly along the coast, and also finding it in 6-inch-high volunteer... read more


Replacement Heifer Management-FAQ's

 Replacement Heifer Management-FAQ’s Source: Dr. Karl Harborth  LSU AgCenter

Replacement heifers have become a major topic of discussion for cattlemen. This is mainly due to the value of the calves we are producing and the cost of keeping them around post weaning. All market indicators drive the desire to expand the herd. The forces working against each other make this a very interesting point in time! The following are questions that are frequently asked involving replacement females. There is not a simple answer or single plan that will work for all operations. Take these points into consideration. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact... read more


Planning for azaleas is important spring decision

 Planning for azaleas is important spring decision By Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – Azaleas are Louisiana’s most popular shrub among home gardeners. Fall is the best time to plant azaleas, followed, in turn, by winter, spring and summer. The vast majority of azaleas are, however, planted in spring. This is, of course, when garden centers have the best selection and is the time of the year when gardeners see azaleas in bloom.

 You can have long-term positive results with azaleas in your landscape by selecting the correct variety, planting properly and providing the most ideal growing conditions. With our mild winter this year, azaleas are blooming in landscapes... read more


Proper early-season care gets roses off to a good start

 Proper early-season care gets roses off to a good start By Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – Home gardeners need to increase their knowledge and awareness of management practices recommended for roses in our landscapes.

 Roses are one of our most popular ornamental plants. We have types of roses, but basic care is the same for most. Keys to success with roses include correct sunlight conditions, ideal soil pH, proper pruning, regular fertilization, proper mulching, disease management and insect control.

 Roses need full sun in order to perform the best, grow the best and bloom the best in the landscape. This means eight hours or more of direct sun daily. Less... read more


Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

 Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day Source: LSU AgCenter

"Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" is the theme for the 2013 March National Nutrition Month, which is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association).

To do this requires eating the nutritious foods that you enjoy while being aware of portion sizes and total calories. Eating should be pleasurable, but it is important to consider the amount of food eaten every day, according to Beth Reames, LSU AgCenter nutritionist. Here are some tips to eat fewer calories while savoring and enjoying food:

Be aware of your daily calorie needs. Learn how many calories you need every day by using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s... read more


Aging

  * Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

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Effects of Temperature and Acclimation to Handling on Reproductive Performance o

 Effects of Temperament and Acclimation to Handling on Reproductive Performance of Bos taurus Beef Females

Source: (R. F. Cooke et al., Oregon State University) J. Anim. Sci. (2012) 90:3547-3555

Two experiments evaluated the effects of temperament and acclimation to handling on reproductive performance of Bos taurus beef females. In Exp. 1, 433 multiparous, lactating Angus × Hereford cows were sampled for blood and evaluated for temperament before the breeding season. Cow temperament was assessed by chute score and exit velocity. Chute score was assessed on a five-point scale according to behavioral responses during chute restraining

Exit score was calculated by dividing exit velocity into quintiles and assigning cows with a score from... read more


Improving the Profitablity of Contract Boiler Operations

 Improving the Profitability of Contract Broiler Operations Source: Jason Holmes, County Agent and Regional Livestock Specialist, LSU AgCenter A series of workshops will be held in spring 2013 across north Louisiana to help improve the profitability of contract broiler operations. While contract broiler growers may not be able to control marketing decisions, improved financial management and farm productivity can result in improved profitability. 

An additional objective of the workshops is to improve the financial literacy of workshop participants. As part of the workshops,... read more


Cutting Corners: Fried Rice

 Fried Rice


4-5 cups cooked rice 4 eggs

3 T oil 1/4 C chopped onion

1 t salt 1/2 t sugar

1/2 t pepper 3 T soy sauce

1/4 cup broth 1 can mixed vegetables


Heat 1 T oil in frying pan on high heat. Scramble eggs quickly and remove. Heat 2 T oil in same pan, add all ingredients. Stir fry over medium to high heat until everything is heated.


 

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Psalm 117

 Psalm 117


Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

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