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When Jesus invited his disciples to wear his yoke, he was speaking to men who had seen a lot of animals pulling carts and plows. They knew that a yoke was used to bind two oxen together. Thus, to be yoked to Christ is to walk through all of life in union with Him.

- M. Craig Barnes

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KHRT Agriculture News - 02/26/19

A sustained cold snap in North Dakota is costing some ranchers thousands of dollars and is stressful for their cattle...

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A sustained cold snap in North Dakota is costing some ranchers thousands of dollars and is stressful for their cattle, especially as calving season approaches. The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network says parts of the state have experienced temperatures below freezing for more than 40 days, which is worse than usual for this time of year.

    Bismarck Tribune reports that agriculture experts say pregnant cows eat about twice as much during the cold to prevent weight loss. Ranchers must provide windbreaks and extra bedding to prevent their cattle from suffering cold stress. Cattle must have access to water that isn't frozen.

    Livestock producers whose cattle die in extreme weather conditions can apply to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Livestock Indemnity Program for grants to cover the loss.

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    FARGO, N.D. - For the month of February 2019, topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 9 short, 79 adequate, and 10 surplus, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 16 short, 75 adequate, and 5 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 26 fair, 67 good, and 1 excellent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 23 fair, 68 good, and 3 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 8 percent heavy, 58 average, and 34 light.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 35 fair, 52 good, and 7 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 63 average, and 33 light.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 2 percent very short, 15 short, 76 adequate, and 7 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 4 percent very short, 8 short, 83 adequate, and 5 surplus.

    The next monthly report (for March) will be issued March 25, 2019. Weekly reports will begin April 1st for the 2019 season.

 


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