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  1. California: Advanced Precision Farming Course Offered Online, Nov. 14 – Dec. 16

    November 14 @ 8:00 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Arkansas: 5 Income Tax Schools in Nov, Dec.

    November 14 @ 8:00 am - December 6 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Mississippi: Row Crop Short Course, Starkville, Dec. 5-7

    December 5 @ 8:00 am - December 7 @ 5:00 pm
  4. California Almond Conference, Sacramento, Dec. 6-8

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Kentucky: 2016 Early Bird Meetings, Dec. 6-8

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm
  6. Texas Plant Protection Association Conference, Bryan, Dec. 6-7

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 7 @ 5:00 pm
  7. ‘Ties to the Land’ Program, Texarkana, Dec. 6

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8. Kansas: Ag Law & Lease Workshop, Salina, Dec. 6

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  9. Texas: Private Pesticide Applicator License Training, Dec. 6, 15

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 15 @ 5:00 pm
  10. Kansas: K-State Program to Help Farmers Deal with Historic Ag Downturn

    December 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  11. Texas: Field Crops and Beef Workshop, Edna, Dec. 8

    December 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  12. Texas: High Plains Ag Conference, Lubbock, Dec. 9

    December 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  13. Alabama: Corn and Wheat Short Course, Auburn, Dec. 12-13

    December 12 @ 8:00 am - December 13 @ 5:00 pm
  14. Texas: 55th Blackland Income Growth Conference, Waco, Dec. 13

    December 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  15. Indiana: Crop Adviser Conference, Indianapolis, Dec. 13-14

    December 13 @ 8:00 am - December 14 @ 5:00 pm
  16. Indiana: Beginning Farmer Workshop, Indianapolis, Dec. 14

    December 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  17. Missouri: Crop Management Conference, Columbia, Dec. 15-16

    December 15 @ 8:00 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
  18. South Carolina: Ag Marketing Seminar, Myrtle Beach, Jan. 4-6

    January 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  19. South Carolina: 4 Upcoming Forest Management Workshops for Woodland Owners

    January 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  20. Illinois: 4 Regional Crop Management Conferences in Jan., Feb.

    January 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  21. Texas: Red River Crops Conference, Childress Jan. 24-25

    January 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  22. Indiana: Ag Business Management Workshop, West Lafayette, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

    January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Arkansas: No “Snow Days” for Cattle Ranchers

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By Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas January 9, 2014

No matter how harsh winter is, there are no snow days for Arkansas’ cattle producers.

A week that saw record low temperatures and freezing rain that gave even the grass a glassy, slick coating didn’t give ranchers any time off.

“We had to break ice so cattle could get water, something we haven’t done in years,” said Joe Paul Stuart, Little River County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “All of our water hoses froze too!”

 

When it gets cold, cattle need to consume more hay and calories to stay warm.

“Hay consumption increased around 25 percent for several days, but most producers have plenty of hay this year,” he said.

Tough on calves

In Nevada County, Extension Staff Chair Melissa Beck, said “we have been very wet and I’m noticing our calves dealing with mud in our cool season annual pastures.  They’re mucking around in the mud pretty badly.”

Stuart said he’s heard more reports of scours, or calf diarrhea, and respiratory problems in calves. “Really wet conditions usually cause the scour problem,” he said.

Hard on forages

The bitter cold has been hard on winter forages too.

Stuart said he’s seen “some damage to cool season pastures; ryegrass, wheat and some fescue was bit back. I think most will recover with warmer conditions.” He also didn’t think that winter wheat in his county would suffer damage.

Beck said that in her county, “the cool temperatures have also slowed the cool season forages’ re-growth rate to the point we are supplementing with hay and feed more than we’ve had to in the past several years.”

However, in rice, cotton and soybean country “other than heating bills I think all is well,” said Ray Benson, Mississippi County extension staff chair.

Ernst Undesser
By Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas January 9, 2014