Spring 2012

    March, 2012                                                                                                           Volume 3  Issue 1 

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News and Information


Beef Cattle Vaccination Principles and Recommendations

Most producers are familiar with the term "risk management" and often associate this term with best management practices that reduce the effects of risk from a business or financial perspective. This term can also be used with regards to animal health. Preventing diseases is essential to controlling production health risks. 

Teach Your Cows to Eat Sagebrush 
Perhaps the most economical way to reduce the amount sagebrush on rangelands would be grazing by livestock. 

Compost is an excellent soil conditioner and when applied to cropland, compost adds organic matter, improves soil structure, reduces fertilizer requirements and reduces the potential for soil erosion.  


Is Your Farm a Century Farm?    
It is an notable achievement when a farm stays in the same family for a hundred years or more and we want them to be recognized.  If your family farm has been farmed by the same family for a century or more, take a few minutes and fill out the Century Farm and Ranch Designation application The lineal descent must be traced through either a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter (including in-laws) of the previous owner/operator.    Download the guidelines and application form.  


Wheat Strip Rust - What to Watch For  Wheat strip rust 

The 2011 economic impact of wheat strip rust in Northern Utah wheat fields was significant and we may not be out of the woods for 2012.  Producers are should watch their fields closely for signs of the fungus.


Watch Your Wheat Fields for Winter Damage

A mild and open winter could create havoc with your winter wheat if the conditions are right.  

This is a great training for all youth involved in a livestock project or youth who want to learn more about livestock selection and judging.  View the flier...   Sign up

Can you afford to raise high protein wheat?

There was a $1 price spread between 11% and 13% HRW wheat in 2011.  According to some economists, world wheat stocks are above average, yet protein wheat stocks are tight. Prices for wheat less than 11% protein may decline while prices for wheat with relatively high protein may maintain current levels.    


Market Information 

Wheat stocks decreased 1.8 percent from January while corn stocks decrease marginally (0.4 percent). Analysts expect US corn acreage to increase by 3.7 million acres this year.    

Stocks to Use Percentages

                  Wheat        Corn    
February     39.3%        6.3% 
January       41.1%        6.7%  


WHEAT:  U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2011/12 are projected 20 million bushels lower this month as lower food use is more than offset by higher exports.Exports are projected 25 million bushels higher based on shipments and sales to date.  View Full Report 

U.S. corn, sorghum, and barley balance sheets for 2011/12 are
unchanged this month.

Best Regards,
The Aglink Team 
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