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The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) in conjunction with the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council will host the 1st Annual National Tour, May 17-18, 2012, in Rogers, Arkansas.

The “Re-Inventing Green with Forages – Merging Environment & Economics” tour will feature tour stops at some of the leading forage operations in the region as well as educational presentations, AFGC National Hay Contest and a Cool Season Workshop.

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Today’s diesel engines are much different than those produced 20, 10 or even five years ago. Tougher emissions standards and the prevalence of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel and biodiesel, mean these engines are better for the environment than ever before.

However, these changes have led to some issues with the way the engines perform. Termed Internal Diesel Injector Deposits (IDID), the phenomenon can best be described as “sticky deposits.”

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S&W Seed Company, a leader in the development of non-dormant alfalfa seed varieties, today announced that it has developed its initial "dormant" alfalfa seed variety. The seed variety, designed to succeed in high altitude and cooler climates, has been certified by the California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA).

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GROWMARK, Inc. announced the completion of a dry and liquid plant food storage facility located in Casey, Illinois. The facility has finished storage capacity for 24,000 tons of dry fertilizer and 10,000 tons of nitrogen solution. Total Grain Marketing will provide daily operating services.

The facility has unit train receiving capabilities and is located on the CSXT railroad. On-site blending of dry fertilizer is available, meaning retailers can take the product directly from the terminal to the farm.

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Checking forage plants, applying nitrogen fertilizer to grasses, conducting soil samples, grazing animals at specific plant heights and saving areas for emergency are all ways to practice good forage management.

To ensure high yields and quality in the spring, check for winter damage while it’s still cold. Reseeding damaged areas now will prevent weed invasions in the spring.

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022012_soilwebA new smartphone application, or ''app,'' is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android users to access soil survey information. The app, SoilWeb, combines online soil survey information with the GPS capabilities of smartphones.

The SoilWeb app is a portable version of the UC Davis California Soil Resource Lab's Web-based interface to  digital soil survey data from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Because the app provides soil survey information in a mobile form, it is particularly useful for those working in the field.

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