Two characteristics that should be considered before constructing a new pond are depth and watershed.
Water is a significant resource for any land manager, and its presence increases plant diversity that requires management.
Improving spillway design can help reduce or eliminate future problems.
Wetlands are an important, yet often overlooked, resource as they provide several ecosystem service and provide habitat for several wildlife species.
Characteristics and management of a pond or marsh influence its ability to attract migratory ducks.
With full ponds again, many pond managers are wondering whether the fish in the ponds survived or if they will need to be restocked. Restocking fish can be expensive and time consuming, so make sure fish are needed before any are stocked.
Spring rains have resulted in green pastures for many and the question on everyone's mind - is it time to restock? This decision is difficult and unique to each operation. Cattlemen from Oklahoma and Texas share their thoughts on this topic.
An understanding of duck food preferences is important when managing impoundments and wetlands to attract migratory ducks. Dabbling ducks and wood ducks are the focus of most duck hunters and duck habitat managers in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.
Many growers have no choice but to rely on pond or stream water for irrigation because groundwater is too deep to justify the cost of drilling or the quality is too poor to be used for irrigation.