Ag & Hort News: June, 2019

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Contemporary research shedding new light on how age of cattle, herd densities can control larkspur effects
Livestock are poisoned by larkspur every year. Knowing the biology, physiology, and geographical distribution of larkspur in Wyoming and new research related to cattle interaction with larkspur might help decrease the impacts. Larkspur is a member of the Ranunculaceae Family, also known as the buttercup family. Wyoming is host to nine separate Delphinium species that are widely distributed and can be found from high to low elevations. At least one species of larkspur is found in every county, with most hosting more than one species. Larkspur can be confused with lupine or other plants with bright-blue and purple flowers. Unfortunately, color is not always the best method for identification.  …to read more click here

 Overview of whole farm revenue protection insurance
The popularity and use of insurance programs offered under Federal Crop Insurance has steadily grown the previous 15 years. Policies protecting against loss of yield, revenue, or both are available for most major crops and forages. There are several scenarios in Wyoming where coverage may not be feasible or available; this includes smaller-scale and specialty-type operations such as farmto- table, unprocessed or unaltered products, or any niche production business that would be considered underserved or without access to conventional crop insurance.   …to read more click here

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Ag & Hort News: May, 2019

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Eastern Laramie County wrestles with water use today versus conserving for future needs
Nearly 5 million acres in Goshen, Laramie, Niobrara, and Platte counties in southeastern Wyoming overlie the High Plains Aquifer. Many in this area rely on a mix of surface and groundwater for irrigated agricultural production, but roughly 30,000 irrigated acres in eastern Laramie County depend almost entirely on groundwater. Aquifer levels in this area have been dropping for several decades, so in April 2015, the State Engineer issued a new order implementing spacing requirements for new wells and requiring adjudication and flow meters on all high-capacity wells.  …to read more click here

 RightRisk.org resources help evaluate risk strategies
Risk (and uncertainty) is around every corner in commercial agriculture, whether the business includes crops or livestock. Agricultural enterprise managers have two basic choices when dealing with risk: ignore it and deal with the consequences or choose to manage it. Think of risk management as creating strategies to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes and reduce the consequences of negative outcomes. Evaluating Risk Strategies (ERS) is an online course by academic professionals at RightRisk.org to help producers learn how to identify and properly manage risk.   …to read more click here

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Ag & Hort News: April, 2019

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Body condition score indicates cow’s nutrition level, reproductive performance
A beef cow’s nutritional needs can depend on many factors such as cow size, age, and reproductive stage. Nutrition can also depend on temperature, wind, and time of year. Supplemental feed is usually the biggest expense ranchers deal with and should always be central to the discussion of how and when to make management decisions. This article focuses on how closely nutrition is tied to reproduction efficiency and how ranchers might use a simple process to look at and evaluate their animal’s nutrition all year long.   …to read more click here

 RuralTax.org offers free ag tax, risk management resources
The subject of tax management can be overwhelming for many reasons, especially from a production agriculture standpoint. The massive size of the federal tax code and its accompanying regulations, along with the number of hours it takes to comply, can seem difficult, especially for new and beginning producers. While tempting to hand-off responsibility to an accountant, tax management should be an integral part of farm management, as well as risk management planning.   …to read more click here

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Ag & Hort News: March, 2019

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Evaluate windbreaks for declining trees, create replacement plan
There is a common thread that runs through all rural homesteads or ranch headquarter sites across the state. They are surrounded by mature tree windbreaks planted about the time the homes were built. Many of our oldest ranches have very mature trees in these windbreaks. Most are native cottonwoods or Chinese and Siberian elm trees due to their availability 70 to 100 years ago. These tree species are soft-wooded and tend to rot if any decay gets started.   …to read more click here

 New, beginning producers can access risk management resources
Crop insurance programs have become an invaluable part of most Wyoming producers’ risk management plans. The scope of policies and their availability have increased over the past 20 years to the point producers of most crops and livestock have at least one insurance policy that could be of benefit to their operations. These programs can be even more critical for new and beginning farmers and ranchers, whose ability to withstand revenue declines is often much lower than more-established operations.   …to read more click here

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