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Ag News and Views: June 2000

Avoiding Plant Diseases

This time of year we receive calls dealing with plant disease problems, mostly turfgrass, ornamental plants and trees. With high humidity and moderate temperature, plant diseases have an ideal opportunity to set up housekeeping.

Cattails - Habitat or Hassle

Cattails can be desirable or undesirable, depending upon a pond or marsh manager's goals.

Creep Grazing Accesses in Electric Fences

Most of our rotational grazings employ one wire, high powered, low impedance, electric fences. This report is on the various creep grazing accesses we have tried with these fences and management of the creep grazing technique.

Managing Cow Replacement during the Cattle Cycle

Changing a beef herd's culling rate as the herd progresses through a ten-year cattle cycle can result in higher average net income for the complete cycle.

The New U.S. Beef Consumer

Beef producers are aware of the increase in beef demand last year. U.S. consumers have changed significantly in the past decade, and beef is playing an increasingly important role in their meal selections.

Urea: A Risky Alternative

Granular or prilled urea is used extensively as a nitrogen source. When urea is put on a moist soil, it dissolves and in the presence of urease, a naturally occurring enzyme, is transformed to ammonium carbonate.