Tricia Braid(@agchick), Director of Communications for the Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, provides concrete examples of how social media tools can effect a change in how people perceive agriculture. Social media time management tip: "It has to be the thing you are interested in; find the topic that gets you hooked and the time wouldn't matter. Stick with what does and forget the rest." This conversation is from the 2010 AgChat Foundation Agvocacy 2.0 Training, August 30-31, Chicago, IL, USA.
Survey information just released shows new home sales at an ‘all-time’ low. With the slow down in both consumer and commercial building markets, the availability of our preferred pine shavings continues to tighten. Research on river-sand as an alternative where the product is available has yielded positive results in turkey poults.
As I notice the flowers next to the barn beginning to bloom, I realize that Spring is finally here. Spring is a sign of renewal and new beginnings. Hopefully the dairy industry and milk prices will respond favorably to the new season.
Feed Quality The Poultry Science Association warns nutritionists who rely on bushel weight as a prime factor for assessing quality may be missing an important part of the quality-evaluation picture. Issues with crop quality were just one of many features shared from the International Poultry Scientific Forum here on PoultryCast
Well, I am finishing up the chores then heading off to San Antonio for hopefully some sunshine, warmer weather and a great education. I hope that you have made your plans to be with us this week for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show.
Have you cleaned out those corn storage bins for the new crop yet? We’re hearing a few reports that over achievers have emptied bins in preparation for the new crop, then had to hustle out and harvest a few acres because they didn’t leave enough to grind.
Good news on yields around our area. Hope the same for yours. One comment of concern… ear molds. Be watching that new grain for mycotoxin issues. Late, wet, damp grain will require special management in drying and storage. Just keep your eyes and nose open when those trucks pull in to dump.