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Strategic Planning

The times are changing in American agriculture. The new farm program with the acronym FAIR will impact all of agriculture, not just the major program crops. Genetically engineered plants and their companion chemicals will change the cost structure and yield potential of crop production.

Habitat: the Foundation of Deer Management

The most neglected part of management is the importance of habitat. Deer are a product of theirs, and without it, there are no deer.

Where Has All the Lovegrass Gone?

There is much less weeping lovegrass now than in the past because it fell into disfavor. Failure from not using CRG may have caused the most disenchantment with weeping lovegrass.

What We are Learning from the Retained Ownership Program

For the past three years, the Noble Research Institute has conducted the retained ownership program to allow producers to evaluate the performance of their calves from weaning through slaughter. The...

Passing the Buck

Every time hunters pull the trigger or decide not to, they are making a management decision affecting the future of the herd they are hunting. In deer management circles, "passing the buck" has a positive, rather than a negative, connotation.

Gain Price Differences: Steers Vs. Heifers

One problem every rancher faces is that steers' average daily gain is often higher than that of heifers, yet most ranchers charge a flat rate for gain. If you look at this situation from an economic standpoint, the rancher is not realizing as much revenue from heifers and therefore not achieving his maximum profit.

Bermudagrass Variety Evaluation

Bermudagrass is widely adapted and serves as the primary forage base for many livestock producers in southern Oklahoma and north Texas. Evaluation of its varieties has been an integral part of the Noble Research Institute's forage testing program since 1967.

Water Availability and Distribution for Livestock

The drought of 1998 forced many graziers to consider available water supplies. A water deficiency reduces animal performance, such as milk production, more quickly and severely than feed or mineral...

What Are You Going to Do With Your Calves?

If you have not already decided what you are going to do with your spring-born calves, now is an excellent time to start thinking. As of this writing, cattle prices have been strong, but there is always a danger that prices may level off or even drop.

Pecan Weevil Alert

Oklahoma - grown pecans have a reputation for good - quality nut meats, but also are known for containing larvae of the pecan weevil. Now is the time to protect your pecan crop from possible destruction by the pecan weevil.