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The year started out with soils on the dry end of the spectrum over most of Missouri, suggesting easy planting and low potential for N loss. But, as often happens, it turned into a wet spring, starting in southern Missouri in April and spreading northward and westward through May and June.

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A mobile device app that measures milk urea nitrogen may help dairy producers. There are currently no precise, convenient, on-farm tests available so farmers often send samples to laboratories for analysis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The use of biochar in manure systems and saturated fatty acids in early lactation rations are among several new dairy research projects being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The research projects are supported by the state-funded Dairy Innovation Hub. To learn more about the new research, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Secretary-Designee Randy Romanski and Deputy Secretary Angela James recently visited the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm.

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Editor's note: Several agricultural economists at Purdue University recently published a paper on the opportunities and challenges associated with sequestering carbon in soils, and questions farmers have about carbon-credit markets. This is the first of a two-part article on the subject. The second article will address practices that sequester carbon as well as questions such as how farmers will be paid, contractual obligations and more.