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030212_forage_sorghumSilage worries have producers asking a lot of questions as spring planting nears, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist, said he’s been getting a lot of calls from producers, dairymen and others who found themselves lacking good roughage sources last year for their cattle.

“Most of the industry relies on corn silage, which did not do well last year during our extreme drought and high temperatures,” Bean said. “The industry is now looking for an alternative crop that uses less water and can tolerate high temperatures.”

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The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) has announced its 20th Anniversary Celebration and Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Washington, D.C.

FMC personnel will attend the event along with others who support the recycling of agricultural and pesticide containers. The event will begin at 4 p.m. (EST) and will include the following speakers: Congressman Bob Goodlatte; Nancy Fitz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Bill Spencer, Arysta LifeScience North America LLC and chairman of the ACRC Executive Board.

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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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