Drought

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.

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.

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.

Evaluation of Sesame Cultivars for Grain Production in Southern Oklahoma

Crop producers are looking for alternative crops like sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) that can be used in a wheat rotation. Sesame is drought tolerant, and sets seeds and yields relatively well under...

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.

Eragrostis tef - Is it a Viable Forage Alternative?

Eragrostis tef is a warm-season annual grass from Ethiopia related to lovegrass. It has historically been grown in northern Africa for the seed, which is used to make bread. In the United States, teff is being promoted for forage and grain.

Optimize Nutrition with Forage Reserves, Supplementation

Most climatologists say that 2007 is a wet year during an extended drought. Let's hope they're wrong, but what if they're not? How do we fully capitalize on our good fortune this year? One way is to optimally utilize forage reserves with a complementary supplemental feeding program.

'Normal' Hard to Define When it Comes to Rain

We lived through a significant drought in 2006. Some much-needed winter precipitation has lessened our fears, but some forecasts still call for drier than "normal" weather starting in May. Normal? Who knows what "normal" is?

Plan for Drought's Effects in 2007

Severe drought made 2006 one of the worst years on record for pastures and crops in our area, and some of the effects of the drought will still be felt in 2007.

It's Time to Consider Winter Feeding Strategies

The National Drought Monitor Web site indicates the area is in either extreme or exceptional drought. As if not having adequate good-quality water for cow herds isn't bad enough, there is little to no available standing forage going into winter at a time of record-high hay prices.