Grass Burs

Why are there so many grass burs in the bermudagrass pastures this year? What can be done to inhibit the grass burs this spring? These two questions were posed by many producers this past fall. Not only is this a good time to ponder these questions, it is also the right time of year to develop a plan of action.

Predator Guards for Nest Boxes

Predator guards for nest boxes minimize predation of eggs, nestlings, and adult birds at the boxes. Predation is a major cause of mortality among cavity nesting birds.

Spring Calving Cows Nutritional Needs

A spring calving cow experiences two periods of increased nutritional need which are significant and must be accommodated or her performance for the rest of the year can be negatively affected. One of these periods, of course, is at calving.

The Oklahoma Forage and Grazing Council and the American Forage and Grassland Council

I have been a member of the AFGC longer than I know. Why? Because it is the single best national professional organization dealing primarily with introduced forages and grazing livestock at both the producer and "professor" level in the U.S.

Management Information Systems

The kind of information you have and how you use that information will determine the success of your operation. Please remember, the information gathered by any system only has value if it is used to make decisions.

Pecan Tree Crowding

Research and experience has repeatedly shown that as crowding occurs and competition among trees increases, the production of nuts decline. The only solution in most cases is to remove excess trees.

Soil Aeration

Soil aeration is a common topic in most pasture management discussions. Quickly, testimonials will surface for both sides of the aeration issue. Since there is very little data to support either...

Floating Polyethylene Pipe for Livestock Water Access at a Fenced Pond

Diagram of a polyethylene pipe floating livestock water access point. View Publication

Is the Cost of Burning Always Monetary?

When burning costs are mentioned, fireguard establishment and labor for a burn are usually the topics of discussion. However, some argue that burning native grass pastures may have more significant costs such as decreasing plant diversity, destroying wildlife habitat, decreasing forage production or adversely affecting soil chemistry.

Forage Production and Utilization - A Major Economic Industry for Our Region

With 1.2 million head of cattle utilizing forages within a 100-mile radius of Ardmore, OK, there is significant potential to increase the economic returns from these forages by improving the quantity and quality of existing forages, learning how to more efficiently utilize forages, scrutinizing the cost of production of each forage enterprise, and developing alternative forage systems.