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The dairy industry in a five-state region – Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas – has seen a tremendous growth in the past decade, a growth that provides both concerns and opportunities, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialists.

Joining other experts at the High Plains Dairy Conference held recently in Amarillo, Dr. Ellen Jordan, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist, said the five-state area is home to about 450,000 cows, which provide approximately $4.3 billion in annual economic impact.

However, water use by these dairies and in the industry has been questioned, especially after the drought of last year.

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33 percent of people responding to the most recent FG Poll said that they have noticed or were concerned about winter damage to their forage fields this year, while 67 percent were not.

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The University of Wisconsin's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program announced the launch of the IPM Toolkit Version 1.0, available for free in the iTunes app store.

The first generation app makes mobile many of the great tools available through the Integrated Pest and Crop Management website, which was updated recently.

Recognizing the need to access data at different times and from any location, the IPM Toolkit was developed to run on mobile devices, enabling users to stay up-to-date as items get posted on the Internet throughout the growing season.

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FMC Corporation announced its “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest,” an opportunity for students in agriculture to showcase their patriotic singing skills for a chance to win scholarship prizes.

Any member of a national agricultural student organization is invited to submit an audition video singing the national anthem. Participants may submit their entries online until June 15.

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tx_agrilife_weathertx_agrilife_weatherMtx_agrilife_weatherore rain came to most of Texas, improving drought-damaged pastures and rangeland, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

The rains greatly improved the agricultural situation, according to weekly reports, but many ranchers were still feeding hay, though the green-up allowed them to cut back. The warmer-than-normal weather and moisture also brought on weed growth in pastures, particularly those pastures damaged by last year’s drought.

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