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National Wheat announces 2016 winning growers

A Washington grower captured the National Wheat Foundation’s Bin-Buster award after harvesting a wheat crop that was 216.15 percent above the county average.  Growing irrigated hard red winter wheat variety Keldin from WestBred, Phillip Gross from Warden, Washington had the top yield nationally with 192.85 bushels per acre.

Gross joins 13 other National Wheat Yield Contest winners that boasted a yield average of 135 bushels per acre, far surpassing their county averages. The growers were split into two categories and two subcategories, Winter Wheat (Dryland and Irrigated) and Spring Wheat (Dryland and Irrigated).

The top yielding dryland winter wheat winner was Rick Horton, Leoti, Kansas, whose variety, Joe, a white wheat from the Kansas Wheat Alliance, yielded 127.94 bushels per acre, 373.85 percent above the county average.

The top yielding irrigated winter wheat was WestBred’s hard red winter wheat variety Grainfield, planted by Jagger Borth of Plains, Kansas, who achieved a yield of 133.64 bushels per acre, 377.29 percent above the county average.

The dryland spring wheat winner was Kent Pfaff of Washburn, North Dakota, who planted Croplan’s hard red spring variety 3530. He reached a yield of 104.29 bushels per acre, 126.72 percent over the county average.

Dan Mills of Stanfield, Oregon, was the top yielder in the irrigated spring wheat category. His hard red spring variety Solano from WestBred yielded 146.5 bushels per acre, 112.32 percent above his county average.

The 2016 winners will be recognized at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, as guests of the National Wheat Foundation. For a full list of the national and state winners, check out the National Wheat Foundation web site.

“The Foundation believes that the National Wheat Yield Contest will be the catalyst to driving innovation among growers, and communication with competitors and colleagues to facilitate productive discourse on successful practices and techniques,” says NWF Chairman Phil McLain.

The sponsorship of the Yield Contest by Monsanto, BASF, John Deere, and Winfield provided growers with the tools, products, and management techniques to produce excellent yields and encourage the transfer of knowledge from industry experts to growers.

The 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest is now open. Registration for the fall wheat sector will end May 1, 2017, and registration for the spring wheat sector will end August 1, 2017.

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Patchin to sing National Anthem at 2017 NCBA

America has chosen Sage Patchin to belt out the National Anthem this year at The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)  2017 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade show February 1- 3 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Patchin, who hails from Shelley, Indiana, was voted the winner of the 2017 Tune Up For Tennessee National Anthem Contest.  The 16-year-old will kick off the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show during the Opening General Session on Wednesday, February 1. She will also welcome guests to the Cowboy’s Night at the Grand Ole Opry event on Friday, February 3.

The fourth annual National Anthem Singing Contest was open to those that are 18 or younger and related to an NCBA, ANCW, or CBB member. Patchin was one of four finalists the public  previewed and cast their vote for online.

Patchin will receive roundtrip airfare for two to Nashville, one hotel room for four nights, and free registration for two to the 2017 convention.

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Farm Credit Services: Start with a business plan

If you want to buy the farm, you need to have a business plan. That’s the first step Farm Credit Services highly recommends to young and beginning farmers. We visited with Carl Horne, Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit, at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City  to find out the financial institution’s recommendations for the next generation of farmers. As Horne explains, sometimes it takes more than one business and financial plan draft and some expert advice …



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Wisconsin State Vet: Protect your farm from salmonella

Wisconsin State Veterinarian, Dr. Paul McGraw, is urging cattle producers to take preventative measures against a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg that is linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in Wisconsin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 21 people from eight states have become infected with the specific strain of Salmonella.

“Working with our state and federal partners we have found that the most likely source of the infections is among those that have direct or indirect contact with dairy bull calves,” McGraw said in a recent release.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to investigate 12 different human cases of the infection in eight counties throughout Wisconsin.

People can become infected by Salmonella bacteria through contact with animal manure, but it can also be passed from person to person.  Signs and symptoms of the disease usually develop 12-72 hours after exposure and may include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

“It’s in a dairy owner’s best interest to take precautions now to minimize the effect that this bacteria could have on those that work closely with the animals,” McGraw said.

McGraw recommends the following steps for protecting yourself and your workers from Salmonella:

  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after you are done touching or working with livestock, handling equipment used on animals, or coming into contact with anything in the area where animals are present.
  • Use separate shoes, work gloves, and clothing when working with livestock.
  • Do not eat or drink in the areas where livestock are present.
  • Supervise small children during any animal encounter and discourage behaviors that can increase their risk of illness.
  • Young children and immune-compromised persons should avoid direct contact with calves, especially those with diarrhea.
  • Do not allow toys, pacifiers, spill-proof cups, baby bottles, strollers, or similar items in livestock areas.
  • Work with your veterinarian to keep your livestock healthy.
  • Do not drink unpasteurized (raw) milk.


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