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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 2, 2014 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK. BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Happy spring.., or is it just an- other April Fools! The joke is on us, once again. The weatherman prom- ised me 50s, but what I got were blizzards. As my email inbox be- came inundated with travel warn- ings, weather updates, and road closures, I had to laugh. There are countless sayings to go with the seasons and the weather. March comes in like a lion and goes hit the west coast taking out what- out like a lamb. April showers ever was in its way. There are plen- bring May flowers, ty of things worse in this world than So far, I see no flowers in our fu- a little snowstorm. ture. Perhaps that is the challenge to Spring was so close I could al- the population question. While there most taste it in the air. The warm are plenty of people wondering weather and the mud on my boots where the people are, there is anwere a bit of a tease, but there is no equal number of people out there joy without a little tragedy in life. wondering why we still live here.This endless winter will really make Our ancestors made it work you appreciate the summer and without the modem technologies wewhat is to come. have today, yet here we are.., corn- Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook plaining, and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- Recently a massive mudslide I'm not the brightest bulb in the closet. Or I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Or maybe my elevator stops halfway to the top. I've been told all those things. And every night and morning in the spring, I really believe these things to be true. Because I am going out and checking cows when the tem- perature is around zero. Every year. And really, like I tell Shirley, it is- n't my fault. I try to keep the bulls in longer. But I ran out of feed. Or the neighbors bulls got out before we turned ours out. And every year we start calving in March, thirty days before ideal weather. May flowers. Yeah, right. When you live north of the Red river, that's the Red River of Texas, April show- ers bring snow. I guess we just planned on calv- ing in a spring snow storm. We keep pushing our calving date back, and Mother Nature just keeps pushing her storms back a little later too. I got to looking back at old columns from past springs. Every March and April, I write about wet calves in the tub. Bum calves in the barn. Scoured calves in the pickup. Sick calves, dead calves, twin calves, and pro- lapsed cows. I heard last night that the United States is losing 500 farms and ranches a week. People going broke or retiring. Big operations getting bigger. That's a lot of neighbors to no milk. lose. Most of the problems are Timing can greatly effect the caused by low commodity prices number of calves weaned per cow and April blizzards, exposed. Cows have a timing mech- And that is easy to understand, anism somewhere in the place Cause this is the time of year when where their brain is supposed to be. you have to be lining up your fi- This timing mechanism causes nancing to get a crop put in. So, I've them to calf late at night in a bliz- been working on this formula to zard. Close to a washout or a creek. show my banker. And heifers know they should start The formula is quite lengthy five minutes after youshine a flash- and kind of complicated. You begin light on them. Those that do not calf by the number or cows that are ex- at night during a blizzard have a posed for breeding (CB). You take sixth sense. They will begin calving that number times a normal rate of when you are cleaned up to go to .95. That is what a good operator ex- Easter dinner or some other impor- pects. Then you subtract four calves tant gathering that is important to for pinochle and twenty-five for the everyone in the family. If you are bad bull that only cost you .39 preparing a huge dinner for ranch- cents at the local auction. You fig- ing relatives in April, subtract 13 ure that half the calves that are born people from the expected turnout will be steers. Half heifers. Ninety list. percent of the ones that die will be Another factor affecting the final steers, cause they are worth more. number is the SDS factor. That is the You then can add one calf for the sun don't shine multiplier. We have cow that had twins. There is a calves that are three months old and ninety three percent chance that the haven't seen their shadow. Lucky cow that has twins has a bad bag and they are not ground hogs. There are other factors that enter into the equation. The first heifer to calf will lose hers. Cause you haven't started checking them yet. And the last one will die. Cause you quick checking them after four months. That good cow that Shirley will not sell will not calf again this year. But she winters good. You will have to spend $5000 on feed, one month after your budget said you would have green grass. It goes on and on and on. But you know what. One of these mornings you're going to walk outside just before daylight. You will hear a turkey gobbling on the creek. You will feel a warm breeze from the south on your cheek. You will grain your saddle horse and sit down for a smoke, or a chew, while he munches on his grain. That orphan calf in back the barn will start nursing on his foster mother and she won't kick him. That wild heifer you been worried about will have a big bull calf without any help. You will take your overshoes off and ride into the Badlands. If you listen real close you can hear the grass growing and the side hills will be covered with crocuses. And you're going to forget the storm and go to the sale and buy more cows. You must be a rancher! + I r, Jt (;txnt Happenings at Our i .. san an tan Good Samaritan (f..) "~ P.xag R~-~.R Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We are busy as usual at GSS. This week's Happenings are: Mar. 30th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Haukaas 3:30 Music w/Jan Mar. 31st 10am Embroidery Grp, Baking Cookies, 4pm Hymn Sing w/Cheryl and Friends,5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. 1st 10am Men's Time, lpm Making Kolache Apr. 2nd 3pm Bingo Apr. 3rd 2:30 Devotions w/Communion, 3:15 Piano w/Fr. Luiten, 3:30 Painting, 6:45 Movie Night Apr. 4th 10:30 Nail Time Apr. 5th 9:30 Mass, lpm Crafts, 2:30 Bingo Looking ahead to the next week. The week of April 6th -12th is Na- tional Volunteer Week. We will have our Volunteer App. Party April 9th. Thank You to our many voluneers, Pastor Haukaas, Shirley Soblik, Lin- da Larson, Donna Settingsgard, Cheryl Cox and friends, Arnold Braat- en, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Pas- tor Hinrichs, Fr. Luiten, Terry Hagen, Corrinne Ramsey, I am sorry if I missed anyone. If you have any time or talent you would like to share please call Rose Ulland at 284-7115. ]Pub E[e Walsh County Health District .... .... '° "*°'°°' Short Shots Adverse childhood experiences can have profound effects on the life- long health of adults. The more adverse events a child experiences the greater the risk to their adult health. So what are adverse childhood experiences? • Socioeconomic hardship • Divorce/parental separation • Lived with someone who had an alcohol or drag problem • Victim or witness ofnelghborhood violence • Live with someone who was mentally ill or suicidal • Domestic violence witness • Parent served time in jail • Treated or judged unfairly due to race/ethnicity • Death of a parent As the number of ACEs increase, the risk for the following problems increases: • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) • Depression • Fetal death • Health-related quality of life • Illicit drug use • Ischemic heart disease (IHD) • Liver disease • Risk for intimate parmer violence • Multiple sexual partners /• Sexually Transmitted diseases • Smoking • Suicide attempts • Unintended pregnancies • Early initiation of smoking • Early initiation of sexual activity • Adolescent pregnancy In order to prevent these health outcomes we need to address the ad- verse childhood experiences. The Billboard Mogul with a Warm Message Harold Newman was a home- The project was turned over to made entrepreneur who pulled the North Dakota Tourism Divi- himself up by his own bootstraps, sion and soon billboards were He passed away recently at his- warning motorist not to go to Mon- home in Jamestown. tana because that state was closed, Starting with a modest signnot to leave North Dakota because painting venture, Harold pro- Custer was well when he left, and gressed from his small shop to be- a few other choice suggestions. come the billboard mogul of North People Magazine heard about Dakota and the upper Midwest. the billboards and did a feature on Harold and I became acquainted the campaign. Nothing like it had in the 1950s when he first opened been seen since the disappearance his sign business and I hadof the rhyming Burma Shave launched an advertising agency in signs. Bismarck. With both of us in mar- keting, it was inevitable that we Harold had done his bit; he had would become friends. We have to get back to his bottom line. I was remained so for almost 60 years, disappointed that state tourism dol- North Dakota is a better place lars didn't continue the boards but some taxpayers would not think because of Harold. Not only was he a community and state business that funny billboards were funny if leader but he also engaged in sev- financed with tax dollars. eral projects that were outfight do- Just a year or two ago, Harold nations to society, called me to discuss resurrecting a The most visible evidence of funny billboard campaign. We met Newman's creativity was con- but we never did get around to put- struction of the world's largest buf- ting boards up. falo that welcomes tourists to stop Then there has been another on- and visit Buffalo City. going campaign Harold and New- Harold won national acclaimman Signs have been underwriting when Newman Signs provided at their own expense. If you drive state government with free bill- any distance, you will see the up- board space to engage tourists in lifting billboards scattered through- levity as they traveled the empty out the state urging us to "Be miles across the state. Kind," "Have a Good Day," That venture started when I was "'Smile," "Be Grateful" driving east of Jamestown and en- Not only are these signs bright countered signs that warned mo- spots on dull driving days but they torist that "Gusty Winds" were also offer billboard advertisers a likely. I though the signs were model in design. "Be Kind" is funny, considering that gusty simple, direct and understandable winds whip across the whole state at 75MPH. on a regular basis. If this location warranted such a warning so did Using an 8-point scale, a board the rest of North Dakota. should have no more than eight Well, that got me thinking about words or a simple picture. "Be using billboards to entertain Kind" is only two points with six tourists as they travelled through, points to spare. Impactful! They may not stop but they would We could cite any number con- surely remember North Dakota. tributions that honor Harold's life. So I wrote a column about These arejustacoupleofpersonal "gusty winds likely" and added a experiences I was privileged to few other possibilities. Harold share with an old friend. Hope- pounced on the idea. He offered to fully, we can take to heart his en- make free billboard space available during message to be kind, have a if someone provided the copy. good day, smile and be grateful. Using an 8-point scale, a board should have no more than ei ht words or a simple picture. Be Kmd is only two points with six points to spare• ImpactfulI" Extension Exchange Business success Fegu]ar ° Any business owner will tell your weekly list are: you that starting and running a • Monitoring your key projected business requires thinking ahead outcomes - This probably will in- while also staying on top of lots of clude sales, hours worked, cus- details, tomer contacts (especially repeat Innovation and vision are great, customers) and fiscal outcomes. but what really allows a business • Taking time for conversation - to succeed is paying attention to You probably are doing a daily details, walk-through your operation, but Keeping track of everything on a weekly basis, at a minimum, that needs to be done and then you need to check with your key making sure each item gets taken workers to see how things are care of on time is crucial. This going. It is also the time, because need to focus on the details is what you just have completed your re- encourages business owners to be view of your outcomes, to offer list makers. These lists include to- thanks for goals that are met. In do lists and check-offlists to make your walk, you also need to ven- sure nothing is forgotten, ture into the parts of the operation Such lists need to become the that you may not go into every day. routines or standard operating pro- • Engaging in proactive conver- sations with others in areas where cedures that a business owner should put in place. This is true a negative trend has been noted - whether the business has no em- You just might want to put this ployees and is run by the owner conversation on your watch list, alone or it employs large numbers but it also can be a discussion of of employees in numerous branch ways to turn things around. locations. • Trying something new - This Several lists of activities are may sound strange, but make a necessary for a smooth-running habit of undertaking something operation, including lists of daily, different each week. It may be a weekly, monthly, quarterly and new sales technique, a new manu- yearly tasks, facturing process, a new procedure "One of the most helpful and or even a new way to maintain important lists focuses on weekly your work/personal life balance. tasks," says Glenn Muske, the • Looking forward - Just as you North Dakota State University Ex- watch the trends in your business, tension Service's rural and have a regular routine of checking agribusiness enterprise develop- out the trends in your industry, ment specialist. "This period of your community and the economy time is long enough to see the be- as a whole. Ponder, take notes, ginning of trends but short enough that you can make changes before JBll Jneos , ; (3(3ess things become serious." Colt'?ilL Some of the things you need on County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 All about oats Oats make an excellent feed for sheep, hogs, dairy and beef, and horses. Requirements are less strict for feed than they would be for milling, with the exception of the racehorse market. Oats for feed must have high test weight, high oil content to provide extra energy to animals, and high protein. Oats for forge is largely deter- mined by digestibility and crude protein content. Late-season vari- eties generally are grown for forage because they tend to produce more biomass. Usually, varieties that pro- duce highest grain yield Will pro- duce greatest forage yield. Fitting oats into your crop rota- tion is not difficult. Oats will do best when they follow a noncereal crop, like soybean, dry bean, potatoes, flax, and canola. With that being said, oats are not susceptible to Fusarium head blight (scab) like oth- er small grains so they may follow com. Oats can also be grown after barley or wheat with limited risk of disease carrying over, however best practices and best yields will be ob- tairled when following a noncereal crop. When planting oats it is best to plant early. Oats respond to early planting and are adapted to cool seedbeds. Early planting enables more tiller" production and larger panicles, and avoids high-temper- ature stress later in the season that can reduce seed size. Diseases that develop late in the season may be avoided by early planting. Opti- mum planting period for the North- East region of North Dakota is be- fore May 15th. Ifwild oats are prob- lematic where you plan to plant, re- search has shown to be productive in planting after the first flush of wild oats have emerged and been controlled. This however, will likely result in yield reductions due to the effects of late planting. Optimum seeding depth is 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Recommended seed rate for grain production is 1 million live pure seeds/acre (approx. 60- 901bs/acre). A slightly higher rate should be used if seeding deep, late or into a rough seedbed. Higher seed rates can offer improved rates in reducing the production of wild oats if this is a problem in your field. There are a number of herbicides registered for use in controlling broadleaf weeds but none are reg- istered to control wild oats selec- tively in an oat crop. Crown rust is a widespread and destructive disease in oats. The most effective way to avoid it is to choose a variety that is resistant to the disease. You should be on the lookout for crown rust in your oats crop as it can reduce yields, lower test weights and groat percentage, and increase lodging. Crown rust spores blow upwards from oat pro- ducers further south and can be iden- tiffed by yellow-orange pustules on leaves, with dark tings forming around these as your crop matures. As new races of the disease devel- op, resistant varieties become sus- ceptible, so always refer to the lat- est ND variety selection guide when choosing for resistance. Stem Rust is infrequent in North Dakota, and resistant varieties tend to be more stable than those of crown rust, but the disease can be extremely destructive if you find it in your crop. It is distinguishable from crown rust in that spore col- or of stem rust is more of a brick red, and will infect the stem, leaf sheaths and blades. Be on the lookout for aphids and check your perimeters first. Aphids can transmit the Barley Yellow Dwarf virus, often referred to as "red leaf' disease because of the reddish- brown discoloration seen on infected leaves. Plants are generally stunt- ed and heads are severely blasted, with low test weight in seeds. Treatment threshold is 85% stems with more than one aphid present or 12-15aphids per stem. If there are moist and shady ar- eas in your field, or oats that have been lodged or damaged by wind or hail in the late spring/early summer, watch out for migrating annyworm moths from the south that prefer these conditions to lay their eggs in, with larvae being a destruction to crop. Treat when 4-5 worms/sq ft are present. For the latest selection varieties and average 3year crop yields, re- fer to bulletin A1049-13 Table 7. You can find this online by going to typing A1049-13 into the search bar on the top right hand side of the page, or following the direct link provided: ci/smgrains/a1049_ 13.pdf