Northern bobwhite quail populations have been declining since 1967. Noble Research Institute studied trends in population as they relate to environmental conditions or factors, such as encroachment of woody species.
The Rangeland Analysis Platform can be a useful tool to assess vegetation in the Western U.S. and Great Plains, helping land managers and range ecologists build resilient rangelands.
A study suggests that current selection tools, such as genomic testing and expected progeny differences (EPDs), for feed intake should be useful in selecting low-intake replacement females for forage-based production systems.
Some like it fried, but Noble Research Institute senior wildlife and fisheries consultant Mike Porter prefers several fish — freshwater and saltwater — grilled to perfection using this recipe.
Foundational management metrics include stocking rate, carrying capacity, animal demand and animal unit, allowable forage and harvest efficiency, grazeable acres, stock density, grazeable days per pasture, and stock days per acre.
Noble’s research economist and legume plant breeder earn promotions for ongoing contributions to their respective research fields and Noble’s mission.
Growing-season prescribed burns offer land managers the opportunity to extend their burning season to manage brush encroachment and improve forage quality.
May is a good time to monitor rainfall, grazing utilization and invasive species, as well as to prepare for stockpiling.
Some of the most serious invasive plants in the Great Plains are the old world bluestems (i.e. yellow, Caucasian, plains, King Ranch, B. Dahl), sericea lespedeza, eastern redcedar, musk thistle, Bradford or callery pear, and salt cedar.
Inappropriate organisms, or the microscopic hitchhikers on them, intentionally released in associated water or on equipment can create havoc in a pond, such as harming desired fish populations, introducing diseases or establishing invasive species.