Are you flexible enough to manage for that unspeakable term ... drought?
I've thrown my crystal ball away for good and vowed never to predict the weather again - but I will share with you my five weather-related strategies for 2004.
Pastures should have a surplus of forage as of mid-July, either as standing forage or hay if reserves are not adequate to pasture cattle through the remainder of the growing season, then alternatives need to be evaluated.
When you live in Oklahoma or Texas, drought management should never be far from your mind.
Many landowners are building and stocking new ponds, as well as re-stocking old ponds that dried up, with fish to increase water reserves and provide fisheries for family enjoyment or income. It's good to take time to consider all of the values that ponds have to offer before actually beginning the dirt work.
Precision prediction of drought is not feasible yet but drought is a regular occurrence and managers should have a plan to overcome at least a short-term seasonal drought.
Tips for more successful establishment of turfgrass.
Agricultural producers are confronted with persistent production problems that cost much time and money. We often attack symptoms and never get to the nitty-gritty of the land resource management that's causing the problem.
Above-average temperatures and low soil moisture have once again forced us to think about some drought management practices. Early weaning is one way to reduce the nutritional requirements of your cow herd and ultimately improve reproductive efficiency.
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...