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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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...
Diagram of a polyethylene pipe floating livestock water access point. View Publication
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.
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.
To maintain profitable operations in today's volatile times all agricultural producers must remain flexible. They must delay final production decisions as they gather and assess information from throughout the world that affects the profitability of their enterprises.