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All issues concerning Small Farms, Agriculture, Local Food Systems, and the Natural Resources.

USDA Report from Dr. Good

Posted by Paul Mariman -

Smaller Year-Ending Soybean Stocks Expected The USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) released the monthly WASDE report this morning. Several changes were made in supply and consumption projections for soybeans, corn, and wheat. The most significant changes were for soybeans, but none of the changes were very surprising. Following is a brief summary and implications of the re...

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Hot Weather Risks for Horses

Posted by Myla Munro -

Heat and humidity are as hard on horses as on humans. Access to FRESH water is important. Water in pails and tanks spoils more rapidly with increased temperatures. Bacterial growth is rapid, and horses find such water unacceptable. The result is reduced water consumption with increased risk of dehydration. Dip your hand in the water and smell it. If you wouldn't drink it, don't expect your h...

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Machinery Costs

Posted by Paul Mariman -

Machinery Cost Estimates for 2012 and 2013 Every two years, the costs of machinery operations are calculated and made available on farmdoc. The 2012 costs now are available under the "Machinery Costs" link in the farmdoc Management section . Overall, costs have increased by about 15 percent between 2010 and 20...

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