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Ag News and Views: February 2012

Grass Burs

Why are there so many grass burs in the bermudagrass pastures this year? What can be done to inhibit the grass burs this spring? These two questions were posed by many producers this past fall. Not only is this a good time to ponder these questions, it is also the right time of year to develop a plan of action.

Management Information Systems

The kind of information you have and how you use that information will determine the success of your operation. Please remember, the information gathered by any system only has value if it is used to make decisions.

Pecan Tree Crowding

Research and experience has repeatedly shown that as crowding occurs and competition among trees increases, the production of nuts decline. The only solution in most cases is to remove excess trees.

Predator Guards for Nest Boxes

Predator guards for nest boxes minimize predation of eggs, nestlings, and adult birds at the boxes. Predation is a major cause of mortality among cavity nesting birds.

Soil Aeration

Soil aeration is a common topic in most pasture management discussions. Quickly, testimonials will surface for both sides of the aeration issue. Since there is very little data to support either...

Spring Calving Cows Nutritional Needs

A spring calving cow experiences two periods of increased nutritional need which are significant and must be accommodated or her performance for the rest of the year can be negatively affected. One of these periods, of course, is at calving.

The Oklahoma Forage and Grazing Council and the American Forage and Grassland Council

I have been a member of the AFGC longer than I know. Why? Because it is the single best national professional organization dealing primarily with introduced forages and grazing livestock at both the producer and "professor" level in the U.S.