Understanding and Preventing Aflatoxin Poisoning

Aflatoxins are poisonous by-products produced from the fungi Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. These fungi are found in the soil and are responsible for decomposition of plant materials.

Opportunity from Adversity

Hard times are a regular part of agriculture: drought, market lows, ever-increasing input costs, etc. Those who survive periods of extreme adversity adapt and emerge more knowledgeable, progressive, and committed.

Farming-out Pecans

Usually pecans are either harvested "on the halves," splitting the crop equally between grower and harvester, or a price is paid per pound harvested. Another alternative is leasing the trees to another producer who will manage the trees totally, including fertilizing, spraying, pruning, harvest floor cleanup, harvesting and cleaning.

Reflections on Troubled Times

I've spent considerable time this summer visiting with cooperators. Partly it was to assess how they were doing; partly it was to determine how we were doing delivering our services and to see how we might improve. I couldn't have picked a more difficult time for those I visited.

Your Farm Economy

I realize that many of you will produce at a loss for 1998, but at what level and how that loss affects your balance sheet is a very important factor to the continued health of your operation.

Is My Water Well Going Dry?

Certainly some aquifers do have limited water and now is the time to determine those characteristics. Running a simple pump test will provide facts about the well for future planning.

Using a Whole Corn-Based Diet to Maintain Cows

Before initiating a corn-based feeding program carefully consider management requirements. Some of major concerns are discussed in this article.

Bermuda Grass Variety Evaluation

The bermudagrass variety test has been clipped four times thus far during the 1998 growing season. An abundant accumulation of soil profile moisture during the winter and early spring was apparently sufficient to sustain the grasses through the early part of the growing season.

Electrical Devices for Managing Beaver Damage

The most effective lethal control techniques are trapping and night shooting. Although the two lethal control methods are effective, new beavers may move back into an area. This led us to the innovation of an electrical flotation device that deters beavers from plugging overflow inlets.

What About This Fall?

The purpose of this article is not to project fall calf prices, but it is food for thought. Decreasing the cost of production or increasing the projected selling price will increase the maximum purchase price.