On the scene at the 2012 Cattle Convention, Nashville

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Fly control

Companies are buzzing about their latest products to control flies.

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Can wheat compete?

Acreage has slipped, but don't count wheat out. It's valued as a rotation crop and for spreading workloads.

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Farming after a flood

Record rainfall and melting snowpack caused hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland to be flooded along the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio rivers last year.

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New program brings low-cost DNA marker technology to the masses

Up to now, genetic DNA markers to pinpoint cattle that are good in high yearling weights and other valuable traits have been mostly for purebred producers. The $100 per head or higher cost to get a DNA analysis meant that this emerging technology was reserved for elite breeders.

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