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Pumpkin Time!

The days are getting shorter and Fall is in the air. It's Pumpkin Time. I've been growing about 10 acres of pumpkins for several years now and many people are quite curious about growing the crop; so, in this issue I will include a few pumpkin pointers.

How Do You Measure the Success of Your Deer Season?

The Boone and Crockett score of your biggest buck? The pounds of venison you put in the freezer? The number of deer you harvested? The number of days you spent hunting? There are probably as many answers as there are hunters.

Nitrogen Status of Winter Pasture

By taking soil samples during the fallow period, soil nitrate nitrogen levels can be appraised with a great degree of confidence. Due to the instability of soil nitrogen, even the residual levels identified by soil test often change before plants utilize the applied or mineralized nitrogen.

New Cooperator Orientation Program

Recently, with a large influx of people requesting Noble Research Institute assistance, we have piloted a new cooperator orientation program to help new cooperators better understand our abilities...

Water Availability Concerns

It may seem odd that a so-called forage specialist writes about water, but as any forage manager well understands, water is the life blood within any forage system. With abundant water comes the potential for abundant life.

Early Results from Hoop House Tomato Study

Recently, we concluded harvesting the first tomato crop in our new hoop house. This was our first experience with this growing system. Not everything went as planned, but generally speaking I'm pleased with the results.

Surviving Drought-High Feed Costs and Low Cattle Prices

The basic management principles that enable us to survive bad times are the same as those that enable us to thrive in the good times.

What Are You Planning To Do With Your Spring Calves?

October. It's right around the corner. This is the time of year that most of you will sell your spring calves. Between now and then, most cow/calf producers will pray for rain and complain about the market. As we all know, in an election year either the Republicans or the Democrats are the reason for the drought.

To Fertilize and Spray For Weed Control, Or Not To, That Is The Question

Many years ago Gary Simmons, then a NF Soil Fertility Specialist, reported some relative yields from common bermudagrass with weed control and nitrogen (N) application (Table 1). Later we did a more...

Avoid A Crisis Due to Drought

Hindsight is always "20/20" but droughts should be considered normal because they will occur either regionally or locally and they cannot be avoided. Therefore, it is essential for you to make plans in advance.