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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...

Looking Back, Moving Forward

As Wadell Altom mentioned last month in his Ag News and Views article, his retirement as Agricultural Division Director was effective April 1, 2009. He is now spending time traveling and enjoying his...

Managing Through Tough Economic Times

In the small town near where I live, there is a day care center. Recently it has had a "Help Wanted" sign staked out front near the highway. Underneath the help wanted portion of the sign, it says...

Legumes - More Valuable Now Than Ever

An increasingly common question asked by cooperators is "How many cows can I run if I don't fertilize anything"? Back in November of 2000, Jeff Ball and Dan Childs wrote a Ag News and Views article...

Are Flies Bugging Your Cattle?

Every spring, our thoughts turn from calving season to breeding season, green grass, rainy days and warmer temperatures. But with the growing pastures and pleasant temperatures come some...

The Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a member of the sunfish family. This family of fish contains many species, including smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu), bluegill (Lepomis...

Rain... Rain... and More Rain

What a tremendous year 2007 has been for forage growth. Plants that have been drought-stressed in past years are finally beginning to recover. However, it will most likely take more than one growing...

Corn Prices Shaping Up as Agriculture's Top Issue In 2007

It appears that 2007 is stacking up to be an exciting year for U.S. agriculture. A few of the issues worth watching are: Congress working on the new farm bill (especially with so many newly elected...

Nest Boxes Provide Nesting Habitat for Several Bird Species

Winter is the time to inspect, clean and repair existing nest boxes and erect new boxes for cavity-nesting birds. Nesting activity for some cavity-nesting species can begin during late January...