More About Yield Goals

We have written about the importance of yield goals but believe a review is needed. Those of you who have soils tested and want a fertilizer recommendation know that the expected yield (yield goal) has almost the same influence on the fertilizer recommendation as the soil test values. In many instances, the testing facility personnel assume a yield goal or send only the test results to the sample owner if they receive no yield goal with the soil sample.

Times and People Change: A New Approach to Herd Selection

In my early years, I tried to put new cooperators' commercial cow/calf enterprises on a long-term program of genetic improvement. That's how I was trained. Such a plan usually includes identifying...

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...