MANHATTAN, Kan. — A new study from Kansas State University on the treatment of non-responding cases of bovine respiratory disease, known as BRD, conducted by Hans Coetzee and collaborators from Iowa State University, sheds light on the relationship between drug treatments and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

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The outlook for corn and soybean farmers in Wisconsin and nationwide remains foggy even after the release Jan. 10 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Crop Report.” Moreover the USDA will be re-surveying estimates and reporting again in March.

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President Donald Trump’s phase one trade deal with China offers the promise of more overseas sales for American farmers, but the impact of the agreement remains unclear.

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GREEN BAY – Despite the mindset that farming is a risky occupation, Andy Jaworski of Green Bay was always attracted to the possibility he could make a living as a farmer. At 35 years of age he’s in the rare position of being five milk checks away from paying off his debt.

Many producers put grain into their storage bins last fall at higher moisture contents than normal due to late crop maturity and less in-field drying in 2019.

For grain stored wetter than recommended through the winter months (above 15% for corn and 13% for soybeans), it is especially vital to monitor grain to get ahead of situations that could cause a loss in condition.

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OPINION  We need accountability and transparency regarding the “Phase One” agreement. Farmers for Free Trade is asking that the administration provide details about the promised $40 billion in agricultural purchases – whether that commitment is contingent on any actions by the United States – and for details on how China will meet that commitment if it’s actually been made.

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The ongoing wildfires in Australia represent the latest in nearly a decade of environmental challenges the country has faced. That has prompted questions about the impact of the fires on Australian cattle and beef production as well as trade. This article was compiled from several Australian reports and other media and data sources.

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More than 5 million hectares of land – about 12.5 million acres – have been decimated, at least a half-billion animals killed, thousands of homes destroyed and at least 23 people have lost their lives as out-of-control fires continue to ravage Australia.

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In earlier posts we looked at the growing role of trade in global and U.S. crop production. The trends are mixed at the crop-level but across all major crops, global trade has clearly become more significant during the past decade. That left us wondering about the livestock sector. This week’s post considers the impact of trade in the United States for beef, chicken and pork.

As the USDA’s 2020 initial projections showed, the next calendar year looks to be a challenging one.

Farmers will be trying to bring back nearly 20 million acres of prevented planting land. Crop production levels remain high, despite the planting and harvesting issues. Yields in the neighborhood of trend would bring about the largest corn crop ever and the fourth largest soybean crop.

Herbicide-resistant blackgrass is costing growers in the United Kingdom about $517 million and about 882,000 tons of lost harvest each year, according to a new study by Rothamsted Research. The native annual weed is decimating winter-wheat yields across the United Kingdom.

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Editor's note: This article is the first in a series featuring members of the Soil Sisters. The community of women farmers advocate for family farming and locally produced food. The group “showcases the increasing role women farmers play in our rural areas, representing one of the fastest-growing groups of new growers prioritizing small-scale, diversified, community-focused agriculture,” said FL Morris of Grassroots Farm near Monroe, Wisconsin, and a "Soil Sister."

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CALUMET COUNTY, Wis. – The Calumet County Agricultural Stewardship Alliance is a first-time recipient of the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant program. The Calumet County group was formed a little more than a year ago by a group of farmers focused on the water quality of Pipe Creek, which drains into Lake Winnebago from the east. The farmers also are focused on the south branch of the Manitowoc River.