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Drought Challenges Bring Opportunities

Update February 2018 During drought conditions, there are many challenges for cattle producers. Grain and feed prices may skyrocket, hay could be in short supply, pasture conditions could very well...

Using a Plate Meter to Measure Forage Productivity

The goal of many graziers is to increase forage production and utilization. A key component of increasing utilization is the ability to accurately determine forage mass. While some seasoned practitioners have a keen ability to visually estimate forage mass, the rest of us need some objective help.

Forage Management Strategies for 2012

Updated February 2018 Droughts can have negative impacts on our pastures that could last for years to come. In addition, the more your pastures are stressed and overgrazed, the longer it will take...

Use Moisture Management Strategies to Survive Drought

When the rain falls, here are some tips and strategies that will help you capture and use as much of it as you can.

The Economics of Hoop House Fruits and Vegetables

A hoop house is "a freestanding or gutter-connected covered structure, without heating or electrical power, using passive ventilation for air exchange and cooling, and an irrigation system for crop...

The Economics of Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue

Over the past two decades, forage breeders in the Forage Improvement Division at the Noble Research Institute have worked diligently to develop a cool-season perennial forage that is more economical...

2012 Fertilizer Prices Impact Hay Production Costs

This article was updated in June 2012. Most hay producers want to produce hay as profitably as possible. Establishing economic goals is the first step towards profitability. Once goals are...

Research Strategy in the Agricultural Division

The Agricultural Division maintains two primary efforts: consultation and research. The research mission is to assist agricultural producers in attaining their goals through effective research. The...

Potassium in Pastures and Hay Fields

Potassium (K) is an essential element in plants and is considered one of the three macronutrients, along with nitrogen and phosphorus. Its relative amount is analyzed and reported in almost all...

Fireguards - Which One Is Right for You?

Proper fireguards (fire breaks) can prevent a fire from escaping the burn unit during a prescribed burn. So what types of fireguards are best for your burn unit? The answer to that question is the...