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Ag News and Views: February 2015

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Economics, residual nitrogen drive topdressing decisions

Adequate nitrogen is necessary for optimizing winter pasture production. One consideration for providing adequate nitrogen is to maximize nitrogen use efficiency (NUE). One way to improve NUE is to apply nitrogen during the late winter as a topdress application.

Information systems aid better management decisions

It's often said that you can't manage what you don't measure. With many agricultural operations, decisions are made on a daily basis without adequate supporting information.

Late-gestation heifer nutrition does not affect dystocia

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 28 percent of all calf deaths before weaning are due to birth-related problems. Therefore, managing females to calve with minimal difficulty is extremely important.