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Parasite Problems

We receive several summertime calls from fishermen asking about fish infested with parasites. Most often, they are concerned about identification of the parasite and the safety of eating parasite infected fish. The most frequently observed parasites are flukes (grubs) in the larval stage, commonly seen on largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and other fishes.

Same Ol' Song, Different Verse

The weather cycle has been unforgiving for several years throughout southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, with little rainfall from late spring through summer. Here are some suggestions to help you adjust your herd structure, letting you weather drought better.

Early Weaning is an Option

Above-average temperatures and low soil moisture have once again forced us to think about some drought management practices. Early weaning is one way to reduce the nutritional requirements of your cow herd and ultimately improve reproductive efficiency.

The Best Pecan Variety for the Site

When selecting the perfect pecan variety, you need to look farther than just the characteristics that are appealing when you eat pecans: large, plump, well-filled meats that are easy to shell. But you should look past these characteristics to the management structure: it may require a compromise.

Urea: A Risky Alternative

Granular or prilled urea is used extensively as a nitrogen source. When urea is put on a moist soil, it dissolves and in the presence of urease, a naturally occurring enzyme, is transformed to ammonium carbonate.

Creep Grazing Accesses in Electric Fences

Most of our rotational grazings employ one wire, high powered, low impedance, electric fences. This report is on the various creep grazing accesses we have tried with these fences and management of the creep grazing technique.

Managing Cow Replacement during the Cattle Cycle

Changing a beef herd's culling rate as the herd progresses through a ten-year cattle cycle can result in higher average net income for the complete cycle.

Avoiding Plant Diseases

This time of year we receive calls dealing with plant disease problems, mostly turfgrass, ornamental plants and trees. With high humidity and moderate temperature, plant diseases have an ideal opportunity to set up housekeeping.

The New U.S. Beef Consumer

Beef producers are aware of the increase in beef demand last year. U.S. consumers have changed significantly in the past decade, and beef is playing an increasingly important role in their meal selections.

Cattails - Habitat or Hassle

Cattails can be desirable or undesirable, depending upon a pond or marsh manager's goals.