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  • Timing fertilizer and pasture yields

    Many producers have already started planning pasture and hayfield fertilization. Pastures require nutrients to reach peak productivity. These nutrients are derived from several sources including residual nutrients in the soil, the breakdown of manure and soil organic matter, and nitrogen produced by N-fixation in leg-umes. Most importantly, nutrients are supplied to plants through the application of commercial fertilizer and lime.

  • Water: Drink up for your health

    Most of us hear early on that we should drink water for good health, but some of us may not know why it is so important.
    More than two-thirds of our bodies are made of water. It helps lubricate our joints, and without water, our organs could not properly function. Water is also essential in helping us remove waste from our bodies.
    If you don’t consume enough water, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches, mood changes, fever, dizziness, rapid heartbeat and kidney problems among others.

  • Make your next work meeting healthier

    It seems like we see the typical donuts and pastries at every work meeting we attend. This can be trouble for individuals trying to maintain a healthy diet, considering a single donut or pastry could contain 300 calories or more. Next time, try serving some healthier food options. Below are some suggestions for healthier snacks for any time of day.
    ·Pass the water. Be sure to have cups on hand for a water fountain or bottled water as a beverage option. Bypass the sugar-sweetened beverages including soda and fruit juices.

  • Wearable activity monitors

    According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the top fitness trend for 2017 is wearable technology. Wearable activity monitors, such as smartphone apps and wearable devices, are commonly used and can play an important role in health behavior change.
    Use of wearable activity monitors such as activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices has shown to increase handler’s physical activity level. By checking your device a few times each day, you can see your progress and that can motivate you to gradually increase your movement.

  • It’s not too soon to think about calving season

    Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you.
    It is impor-tant to have a short calving period to allow frequent obser-vation and assis-tance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

  • Fun indoor activities during the winter months to teach reading skills

    During the cold winter months, it is harder to find activities to do with younger children. It seems all too easy to allow a child to spend more time on the computer or in front of the television. However, these activities can get in the way of time together as a family and can even impede development of important kindergarten readiness skills. What are some ideas that families can do instead to help young children learn reading skills?

  • Fun indoor activities during the winter months to teach math skills

    During the cold winter months, it is harder to find activities to do with younger children. It seems all too easy to allow a child to spend more time on the computer or in front of the television. However, these activities can get in the way of time together as a family and can even impede development of important kindergarten readiness skills. What are some ideas that families can do instead to help young children learn math skills?

  • Families more dangerous than death taxes to farms
  • Be safe when heating your home this winter

    During the winter there are many different ways that you can keep your home warm. No matter the way you choose, do it safely! Here are some tips for staying safe all winter long:
    q You should have your furnace examined by a qualified technician each year.
    q If you use a fireplace or wood stove, make sure that there is ventilation which will guide the smoke outside and not leak gas into the home.
    q You should not burn paper in the fireplace.
    q If your heater uses a certain type of fuel, make sure that you use that fuel and do not substitute.

  • Make 2017 the ‘Explore the Great Outdoors’ year

    For many of us, our fondest childhood memories were made outdoors, swinging, running, fishing and exploring nature. That’s not the case for many children today. Many of them spend very little time outdoors and too much time in front of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Let’s change these statistics by making getting outdoors a priority for our families in 2017.