May Day Brings May Flowers…And Snow?

The Daily Dig

May 1st brings snow to most parts of the Midwest, Colorado and Wyoming. But it's not welcomed with open arms.

Published on: May 1, 2013

Mother Nature is taunting us once again by bringing spring like days of 60s and 70 degree weather for a week, and then dropping a few 40s and 30 degree days and now a snow day. Colorado, Wyoming and the Midwest are seeing a round of wet snow. Some farmers were able to get into the fields, but not for long.

In other news around the Nation:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Stewardship Program will provide $175 in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres of enrollment, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday.

In an attempt to improve semen storage and pig reproduction, animal scientists at the University of Illinois are looking at how sperm survives in the sow oviduct.

Jennifer Ochs, a senior at Kansas State University working toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture communications and journalism will be the Communications Intern for the 59th annual 3i Show, being held in Dodge City on July 11-13.

If you're hoping to bridge gaps in pasture production this year by planting cool season small grains and fields peas and harvesting them early for forage, there are four things to keep in mind.

Although U.S. cattle genetics are exported all over the world in the form of frozen semen, the same is not true for pigs because boar semen does not freeze well. In an attempt to improve semen storage and pig reproduction, animal scientists at the University of Illinois are looking at how sperm survives in the sow oviduct.

Nebraska wheat growers in 2012 planted more Settle CL wheat than any other variety. According to the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association, Settler CL was the top-selling wheat seed sold last year, with 15.39% of the certified seed sales reported to NCIA.

Corn planting in the Northeast's major corn regions was accelerating. Small grains and forage crops generally in good shape.

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