Prescribed Fire

Hay Rakes Can Help Build Better Firebreaks

Many decisions go into planning a safe and effective prescribed burn that meets your management goals. You will need to determine your burn objectives and consider the weather as well as personnel and equipment needs. You’ll also need to prepare firebreaks, something that ranks high on the list to safely conduct a burn.

Find Out Why and How to Burn at Great Plains Fire Summit

Many decisions go into planning a safe and effective prescribed burn that meets your management goals. You will need to determine your burn objectives and consider the weather as well as personnel and equipment needs. You’ll also need to prepare firebreaks, something that ranks high on the list to safely conduct a burn.

Growing-Season Burns Hold Potential for Fall and Winter Forage

The traditional burning season for the Southern Great Plains goes from December to April. However, when land managers limit their burn season to these five months, they often find it difficult to implement the number of burns needed to achieve their goals. This is one reason why more and more land managers are conducting growing-season burns, during late spring through early fall months, to meet some of their prescribed burning goals.

Evaluating the Most Economic Way to Improve Range

On many agricultural operations, there are always projects to work on. Often, range management or improvement projects fall in the nonessential category until they reach a critical point. However, it is best to consider whether there is a financial incentive (or penalty) for waiting until there is a critical mass to address this type of project.

3 Things to Know When Using Both Fire and Grazing on the Ranch

Many land managers incorporate prescribed fires into a management plan alongside grazing livestock. Other land managers feel it is not feasible to graze and burn on the same operation. But when prescribed fire is used strategically, its benefits outweigh any negatives.

Is Prescribed Fire a Friend or Foe to Soil Health?

Without fire on rangelands, many of the soil health building principles are much harder to achieve.

Producer Spotlight: Dan Ham, Managing for Wildlife

Dan Ham began working with the Noble Research Institute in March 2008 shortly after he purchased property in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. We helped him develop a strategy to achieve his goals of managing the property for wildlife.

April 2 to April 8: Growth and Golgi Bodies

From under the microscope, to the field, to the sky, the Noble Research Institute approaches agricultural research from various angles. Here's a quick look at a few of those angles from this week....

How Often Should You Conduct Prescribed Burns?

There are many reasons why property owners use prescribed fire. The most common reasons are brush management, wildlife habitat management and forage improvement for livestock. Since the effects of...

Why You Should Consider Prescribed Burning Throughout the Year

For most prescribed fire practitioners in the Southern Great Plains, burns are conducted during winter and early spring (December to March). This burning season has become commonplace because most of...