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Fence: July 26, 2012

Coming home last night from Marysville, via Frankfort, I could see it raining and I could smell the rain! I’m happy that someone is getting rain. Our gauge registered zip.

Coming home last night from Marysville, via Frankfort, I could see it raining and I could smell the rain! I’m happy that someone is getting rain. Our gauge registered zip.

August 4th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: July 19, 2012

The causes of harmful algal blooms are not completely understood. They are related to increased nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in water, but the exact relationships between nutrient concentrations and blooms are complex and difficult to predict.

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources  This morning, I woke up to the sound of thunder, and I saw lightning. The western sky was dark and then I saw a beautiful rainbow, that meant someone was getting some rain. We seem to be living on the wrong side of the […]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: July 12, 2012

Farmers and ranchers have some serious decisions to be making. Some of the corn is hanging on, other fields are not going to make it and have started dying.

Well, the rains are eluding us! Farmers and ranchers have some serious decisions to be making. Some of the corn is hanging on, other fields are not going to make it and have started dying.

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: July 5, 2012

Thinning the herd is not a bad idea for those of us that did not receive rains recently. With the outlook of limited fall pasture and even more serious problem of lack of hay or feed resources to adequately winter the cow herd, some measures may need to be implemented in order to stretch the available feed resources.

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources I have a small herd of cattle that sit on a shelf in my office. A collection of very colorful ones. Our custodian must think the herd needs to be thinned. This Monday I found a smashed cow, with a note she’d left on […]

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fencline: June 28, 2012

Failure to get enough water will reduce animal performance more quickly and more severely than any other nutrient deficiency.

Failure to get enough water will reduce animal performance more quickly and more severely than any other nutrient deficiency.

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: June 21, 2012

Weaning calves this early is used as a “last resort” management strategy when cows are thin prior to management strategy included in a drought plan.

Early weaning beef calves is one drought management strategy. Research suggests spring-born calves consume significant amounts of native range forage at 45 days of age. Weaning beef calves as early as 45 days of age is early enough to encourage the cows to cycle and rebreed.

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: June 14, 2012

coyotes

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources My neck of the woods has bountiful wildlife. So bountiful that at 5 p.m. or thereafter we have a lovely chorus of coyotes. Sometimes the howling comes from all around our house, like a symphony! They are really getting brave. Our neighbor shot seven […]

June 20th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: June 7, 2012

Some of the large dairies in western Kansas are recycling the water, cooling the milk, cleaning the cows and parlors and then irrigating crops. In that same time frame, they are using 90% less land to produce a gallon of milk.

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources I often wonder what my grandparents would think of today’s world. The changes they saw in their lifetime were incredible, going from horse and buggy, Model A’s and then the more modern automobile. They saw everyone having their own milk cow, milking by hand, […]

June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: May 31, 2012

Kansas drought

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources Drought strategies: It’s overcast, the radar shows a few blips of green lines coming our way! I’m hoping writing this column will make it rain. The drought continues. I wish I could make it rain, but none of us can. The only thing we […]

June 6th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

Fenceline: May 24, 2012

A farm or ranch business is more than only the farm assets. The farm business includes people, the assets and liabilities of the farm finances, the day-to-day operation, the marketing and purchasing as well as the labor, management and decision making aspects.

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent A farm or ranch business is more than only the farm assets. The farm business includes people, the assets and liabilities of the farm finances, the day-to-day operation, the marketing and purchasing as well as the labor, management and decision making aspects. Owners of a farm business make […]

May 28th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

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