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Top 10 Noble News and Views Articles of 2018

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In the meantime, we’d like to share the top 10 articles from 2018:

10. When and How to Prepare a Farm Balance Sheet

A farm balance sheet is the best way to determine if a business is financially progressing over time. It’s a basic part of operating procedures for many farms and ranches, but its importance cannot be underestimated. Dan Childs, senior agricultural economics consultant, shares advice for preparing and understanding a balance sheet.

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9. App Review: Cattle Calculator by Mississippi State University Extension

The Cattle Calculator app, developed by Mississippi State University Extension, offers tools including a breeding season scheduler, average daily gain and required gain calculators, and a dosage calculator. Learn more about the free mobile application in this article.

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8. Noble Releases New Summer-Dormant Tall Fescue Cultivar

Chisholm is a summer-dormant, endophyte-free tall fescue released by the Noble Research Institute in 2018. It can provide livestock producers with a persistent, perennial, cool-season grazing option that is adapted to the hot, dry summers typical west of Interstate 35 in Oklahoma and Texas. Mike Trammell, senior plant breeder, offers more insight into the new tall fescue, which is commercially available at Warner Brothers Seed Company in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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7. An Introduction to the Rumen Microbiome

What’s really going on inside a cow’s rumen? Ryon Walker, Ph.D., livestock consultant, offers some perspective on the microorganisms that break down food in a ruminant’s digestive system. Understanding microbes and their functions could help improve animal productivity.

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6. Raising vs. Buying Replacement Heifers

For some operations, it makes sense to raise replacement heifers. For others, it’s best to buy replacements. Jason Bradley, agricultural economics consultant, explores the economic pros and cons of each strategy.

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5. Why Roots Matter to Soil, Plants and You

Roots are integral to how plants take in water and nutrients, enabling plants to grow. Roots also anchor plants to the ground and soil to itself, helping to reduce erosion. Larry York, Ph.D., assistant professor of root phenomics, explains the importance of roots and his work to improve them for increased yields, reduced fertilizer use and increased soil health.

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4. Studying How Cover Crops, Tillage Affect the Life in Soil

Kelly Craven, Ph.D., associate professor of microbial symbiology, is working with James Rogers, Ph.D., associate professor of forage systems, to get a better understanding of the microbial communities in Oklahoma soils. Craven’s work is investigating what happens to these communities, which play essential roles for soil health, in different scenarios: cover crops with no-till, cover crops with tillage, no cover crop with tillage, and no cover crop with no-till.

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3. Using Bermudagrass Pastures to Meet Cow Nutrient Requirements

Bermudagrass is a dominant, introduced forage type in the Southern Great Plains and along the Gulf Coast. Robert Wells, Ph.D., livestock consultant, talks about how to time calving so that cows can meet their nutrient requirements with bermudagrass during the growing season and with stockpiled forage in the fall.

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2. How to Identify and Control Pecan Scab

Pecan scab significantly affects pecan quality and profitability across the southeastern U.S. Carolyn Young, Ph.D., and Nikki Charlton, Ph.D., study the fungus that causes this disease. They share answers to frequently asked questions about pecan scab, including how the disease spreads and how to find and control it. They also discuss their research and how it could help find new ways to manage the disease.

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1. How to Identify and Control Pecan Phylloxera

Pecan phylloxera is an insect that can wreak havoc in pecan orchards. It overwinters in the orchard and feeds on new growth in the spring. Will Chaney, specialty crops ag systems senior research associate, talks about the three different kinds of phylloxera and how to control the pest with different insecticides.

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