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.

1998 Hoop House Cut Flower Trial

Production of cut flowers is currently experiencing a revival across the country. In Oklahoma interest in this alternative enterprise is increasing as evidenced by the hundreds of individuals attending Extension sponsored workshops.


Bloat can be a problem in cattle grazing high quality grasses and legumes. Bloat problems will vary with species of animals and among individuals of the same species.

Managing Shrink

Shrink is most often measured from the time an animal leaves its origin until the animal is weighed at its destination and is usually the result of time off feed and water and the stress of handling and hauling. Temperature extremes, weather changes, changing environment, feed changes, and even the animal's disposition effect shrink.