Vol. 2 | Issue 3                                                                                                      July 2012

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AgLink Team_____

Lyle Holmgren - Box Elder

James Barnhill- Weber
Clark Israelsen - Cache
Mike Pace - Box Elder
Kerry Rood - USU Extension
Darrell Rothlisberger - Rich
Scott Williams - Cache 

Market Snapshot        July 25, 2012    




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USDA Haying & Grazing Approved on CRP


Emergency haying and grazing of CRP acreage may be authorized to provide relief to livestock producers in areas affected by a severe drought or similar natural disaster.


Emergency authorization is provided by either a National FSA office authorization or by a state FSA committee determination utilizing the U.S. Drought Monitor.


On July 9, 2012, Box Elder County was approved for emergency grazing using the U.S. Drought Monitor provisions.


Emergency grazing begins on July 16th and ends September 30th, 2012.  The 25% payment reduction has now been changed to 10%.


To apply for Emergency haying and grazing on your CRP please contact the Box Elder County FSA office at (435) 257-5402. 


Bar J Wranglers Coming in October

On October 26th, the famous Bar J Wranglers will be coming to Bear River High School in Garland, UT to perform.  Some folks call it a western music show, some call it a stand-up comedy, and others call it the best musical experience in the West. 


This year, the Bar J Wranglers want to support the Box Elder County 4-H program by sharing a portion of their proceeds with them. You will be supporting a great program - 4-H and hearing some wonderful western music 


Tickets:   General Admission - $15

Reserved Seats - $20

To Order, call USU Extension at 435-695-2542 or Clint Munns at 435-452-1764
Corn Mites- How to ID and Control 

This has definitely been a hot dry summer so far, ideal for a corn mite explosion.  Mites love hot and dusty environments and can go from an egg to an egg laying female in seven days during hot weather.  Mites usually show up on the lower leaves when the corn is about two feet tall.  This year the hot weather came early and we have had six inch corn with thriving mite populations.

Mites are a problem because they suck juices from the plants reducing their ability to grow and reducing the moisture content of the plants.  In severe cases the plants totally dry up and die. 


Moderate mite infestations may not be economical to control, but it is critical that the level of infestation is monitored regularly (once a week is good) so that the rate of increase can be estimated.  If leaves higher than the lower fourth of the plant have mite colonies you should be concerned.  Spraying early works better than trying to rescue the crop after it is totally infested.  Spraying is also easier and the coverage is better when the corn is shorter.


Oberon miticide has become our preferred control treatment.  A unique advantage of Oberon is that it is active against the mite eggs as well as the adults.  While it may not be as rapid at killing mites (the label recommends that performance evaluations take place 4 to 10 days after application) it can remain effective for up to 30 days because it moves into and within the leaf tissues.  Another advantage of Oberon is that it is safer to use than the older products.  It only has a 'Caution' signal word on its label and is not considered a carcinogen.

James Barnhill, USU Extension Agent 




Properly harvested and stored,
corn silage is extremely palatable forage high in energy and fiber. This article provides several steps that can help you produce palatable corn silage that can help contribute to higher milk yields, greater weight gains and additional farm profits.
Utah and U.S. Drought Situation
Lack of rainfall this season is a serious concern for farmers and ranchers as many range and non-irrigated crops are suffering.   


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