Drought

The Noble Research Institute Responds to the Drought

Beginning in the fall of 2010 and stretching throughout 2011, farmers and ranchers in the Southern Great Plains have endured one of the worst droughts since the Dust Bowl.

Guidelines for Culling Cows

For most cattle producers, culling cows is not an easy task. However, some culling needs to be done each year to maintain optimal productivity.

Tax Code Offers Some Flexibility During Drought

The tax implications of cattle sales caused by a drought are fairly straight-forward. There are two different tax treatments that apply.

Drought Tips from Noble Research Institute Consultants

The Noble Research Institute Agricultural Consultants provide drought tips on a number of topics.

Managing Feed Costs

Purchased feed represents the greatest portion of variable costs for cow-calf producers according to the Kansas Farm Management Association. From the middle of June 2010 to the middle of June 2011, the price of corn more than doubled. During the same period, soybean prices increased nearly 50 percent.

Early Weaning During Drought Makes Sense

The drought of 2011 is turning out to be one of the worst on record. Most Texas and Oklahoma producers are looking for things that they can do to save what little forage they have and to conserve the amount of hay and feed they will need until green-up next spring.

Is Now the Time to Fertilize Bermudagrass?

Fertilizer prices are high and we are suffering severe drought conditions. Why would anyone consider fertilizing bermudagrass or other warm-season grasses now? There are good reasons to consider a late summer or early fall fertilization program, namely to extend the grazing season and improve the quality of available forage.

Pond Renovation During Drought

Landowners are often tempted to take advantage of droughts by deepening or enlarging existing ponds when water levels drop low enough or when ponds dry up completely. This can be an opportunity to increase water supply for fisheries and livestock, but certain factors should be considered before spending money and time deepening or enlarging a pond.

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.

Monitor and Manage Heat Stress

Heat stress can greatly impact cattle producers through decreased milk production and subsequent calf growth, decreased reproductive performance in cows and bulls, and decreased stocker and feeder performance. It has been estimated that heat-related events in the Midwest have cost the cattle industry over $75 million in the past 10 years.