May 9 Agriculture Briefs

Thursday, May 9, 2019

R-CALF USA slates annual convention for Aug. 15-16

R-CALF USA will hold its 20th annual convention and trade show on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15-16 in Deadwood, South Dakota. “R-CALF USA invites you to come learn about the issues facing your U.S. cattle industry. Learn about R-CALF USA’s work to accomplish its membership-directed policy so that all U.S. cattle producers remain independent and profitable,” an R-CALF USA news release said.

— by Star Staff

More charges filed against man accused of neglecting cattle

GENEVA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have filed more charges against a man already charged in connection with the discovery of hundreds of dead, ailing or neglected cattle at his farm in southern Nebraska’s Fillmore County. Court records say 30-year-old Aaron Ogren now faces one felony count of theft, nine felony counts of prohibited sale of livestock and 30 counts of cruelty to animals, which are also felonies. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 29 in Exeter. His attorney, Bradley Kalkwarf, declined to comment Thursday. The new charges focus on the prohibited sale of livestock. Prosecutors say Ogren sold bulls he didn’t own. Local and state officials removed about 200 surviving head of cattle from the feedlot about 3 miles (5 kilometers) northwest of Exeter. Another 200 cows were dead when investigators arrived in March.

Spring planting well behind average pace in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Spring planting in North Dakota continues to lag after a wet end to winter. The Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says the seeding of all crops is behind or well behind the average pace. The state’s spring wheat crop is at this poing 13% planted, compared with 37% during a typical year. Corn and potatoes both are at 3%, canola at 4%, barley at 8% and sugar beets at 17%. Normally, 62% of the sugar beet crop would be in the ground. Soil moisture continues to be in good supply. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 90% adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 80% in those categories. The winter wheat crop and pasture and range conditions both remain rated mostly fair to good. Stock water supplies are mostly adequate.