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Fly bites a nuisance that can also lead to foot rot

Chemical controls and pasture rotation are options for control of stable flies

Fly problems are prevalent in some parts of North Dakota this year, North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists warn. Horn, face and stable flies all are irritating to cattle, but stable flies have been particularly bothersome. “They will bite and irritate the animals on the legs and belly, and control of these pests is […] Read more

Water woes can hurt cattle

Dry conditions for the past many months could mean trouble in dugouts

Many producers are continuing to feel the effects of the 2017 drought, which are lingering into the 2018 grazing season. Numerous ponds and dugouts dried up as a result of the drought, and any water remaining in others may not be the best quality. “Water quality in ponds and dugouts still may be compromised by […] Read more

Stay safe when working around grain

Using appropriate safety practices is vital as entrapment can happen very quickly

One of the greatest dangers on your farm is lurking quietly in your grain bins. “Make sure everyone, including family and employees, working around stored grain understands the hazards and proper safety procedures,” North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. “Too many people ignore safety practices and suffer severe injury or […] Read more

Feed the cow, feed the calf

Ensuring that cows receive adequate nutrition after calving is critical

The most crucial time for your cows to be fed right is right after calving. “The first 60 to 90 days post-calving is the most nutritionally demanding period in the production cycle of a cow and arguably one of the most important in achieving production goals,” says Janna Kincheloe, the North Dakota State University Extension […] Read more

Avoid soybean loss during harvest, drying and storage

Shattered beans can badly affect the profitability of your crop

Harvest timing can have a huge impact on soybean shatter losses, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang. “Field losses, splits and cracked seed coats increase as moisture content decreases,” he says. “Shatter losses have been shown to increase significantly when seed moisture falls below 11 per cent or when […] Read more

Herbicides may restrict crop use as livestock feed

Drought is causing some producers to eye grain crops as livestock fodder

Some producers are turning to small-grain crops as feed for their livestock because this year’s drought is causing a severe shortage of grass and hay. However, herbicides applied to those small-grain crops may make them unusable as livestock feed. “Most herbicides have grazing and feeding restrictions stated on the label that limit the use of […] Read more

Coccidiosis affecting young calves in North Dakota

Cattle producers in North Dakota have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, an intestinal disease that affects several animal species

Cattle producers in North Dakota have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, according to Gerald Stokka, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s veterinarian. Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease that affects several animal species. In cattle, it may produce clinical symptoms in animals from a month to one year of age, but it […] Read more

Palmer amaranth warning issued in North Dakota

The invasive weed is also really good at developing herbicide resistance

North Dakota extension personnel are warning farmers on that side of the border of the arrival of the invasive weed Palmer amaranth. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota State University Extension Service are advising farmers to scout new conservation plantings for Palmer amaranth, a very aggressive weed that has plagued cropland production […] Read more

Check water quality before turning out livestock

Checking and monitoring water quality can help guard your livestock’s health and productivity

Your pond or dugout water might look fine, but it could just as easily be compromised by concentrated levels of salts, minerals and bacteria, which can compromise livestock health. “We recommend that livestock producers test water quality prior to livestock turnout,” North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan says. Poor […] Read more

cattle drinking water at edge of dugout

Test your water before sending cattle out to pasture

Less run-off could make for water quality problems

Limited snowmelt and the lack of rainfall this spring means producers should have the water quality in their pastures tested before turning their livestock out to pasture, North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists advise. “Reduced rainfall means less water from run-off into stock dams,” says John Dhuyvetter, area extension livestock specialist at the North […] Read more