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Gardening: A Healthy Activity

While surfing the Web recently in an effort to keep up to date on new gardening sites, I came across one that made the following offer: "Swap your Thighmaster for something useful - a free book on...

To Fertilize, or Not: Is There Really Any Question?

As another article in this issue of News and Views explains, nitrogen fertilizer prices are tied to natural gas prices and, therefore, are much higher than they were last year. This increase is a...

Retirement Fever Becomes Contagious

The retirement of five of the Noble Research Institute Ag Division staff means over 144 years of experience is leaving. Most of you who read this will understand the contribution these people have...

Bigger Buck for Your Bang

Conversations around deer camp inevitably get around to management practices designed to increase the antler size of white-tailed bucks. Discussion usually includes the latest clover seed guaranteed...

Mapping the Future

In January 1998, the Agricultural Division employed a digital imaging specialist, Tresa Runyan, who has tremendously enhanced our consultation efforts. One of the most useful tools for our...

The Restructured Agricultural Division

The May, 1999 issue of NF Ag News and Views contained an article about restructuring of the Agricultural Division. Strategic planning and other events have caused some additional changes that affect...

Times and People Change: A New Approach to Herd Selection

In my early years, I tried to put new cooperators' commercial cow/calf enterprises on a long-term program of genetic improvement. That's how I was trained. Such a plan usually includes identifying...

What We are Learning from the Retained Ownership Program

For the past three years, the Noble Research Institute has conducted the retained ownership program to allow producers to evaluate the performance of their calves from weaning through slaughter. The...

Water Availability and Distribution for Livestock

The drought of 1998 forced many graziers to consider available water supplies. A water deficiency reduces animal performance, such as milk production, more quickly and severely than feed or mineral...

When It's Hot It's Hot and When It's Not, It's Still Hot!

Rains and normal temperatures into June have taken some of the sting out of the memories of last summer's drought. For cattle kept during the summer of 1998, many of the effects of heat stress were...