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Ag News and Views: July 2002

Pond Managers Can Take Steps to Avoid a Fish Kill

A fish kill caused by dissolved oxygen (DO) depletion can be a catastrophe for pond managers. Fish kills can occur any time the DO demand is greater than the water can supply - but managers can take steps to avoid such an event in their ponds.

Research Notes: 2001-2002 Small Grains Variety Tests

This is a preliminary report of the small grains variety testing for the 2001-2002 season. Small-grain varieties and experimental strains again were planted and evaluated for forage production at the Noble Research Institute Headquarters Farm near Ardmore and the Red River Demonstration and Research Farm (RRDRF) near Burneyville.

RHD Helps Predict Forage Supply Relative to Livestock Demand

For ranchers who use rotational grazing and spend time in their pastures with the cattle, there is a reliable way of predicting future forage supply relative to livestock demand. The method is called the Reserve Herd Day (RHD) concept, and it is credited to retired Foundation forage specialist R.L. Dalrymple.

Soil Fertility Specialists Need Information to make Recommendations

A doctor needs certain information to make a correct diagnosis. When "diagnosing" soil samples, soil fertility specialists also need certain information in order to make recommendations.

Study Reveals "Berry, Berry" Good News

A joint Noble Research Institute/Oklahoma State University study evaluated several commercial strawberry varieties using the annual plasticulture system, and though additional trials need to be conducted before any variety can be recommended with a high degree of certainty, the future of annual strawberry plasticulture in Oklahoma appears to be good.

Texas' New Cattle TB Status Affects Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) recently changed Texas' status concerning cattle tuberculosis. People who own cattle in Texas or routinely purchase or sell cattle in Texas need to be aware of the current information on the changes.

The New Farm Bill: Something for Everyone

On May 1, the House of Representatives passed a new farm bill. The Senate passed the bill on May 8, and President Bush signed it into law on May 13, 2002. The new farm bill denotes a complete change in philosophy from the 1996 Farm Bill, and many of the details are not public and are yet to be decided by USDA. However, this article summarizes some of the highlights of the new bill.