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Ag News and Views: March 2003

A Weed Wiper is Good for You, Bad For Weeds

Many people are unfamiliar with wiper or wick applicators. The concept is simple. Herbicide solution is supplied to an absorbent surface. The herbicide soaked surface only contacts weeds taller than the crop. Chemical is transferred to the surface of the weeds as the applicator "wipes" over them.

Are You Doing the "Right Things" on Your Operation?

Management most often is your responsibility as owner/operator and primary decision-maker. You decide what are the right things to be doing in your operation. Here are a few items to think about to determine if you are doing the right things on your farm or ranch.

Does Leasing Increase the Cost of Hunting?

If a hunter has permission to hunt a specific tract of land for free and the landowner decides to begin charging a fee, and that hunter decides to pay the fee to continue hunting there, his individual cost of hunting has been increased. However, such a chain of events is rare and affects a very small fraction of hunters any given year.

Fall is Just Around the Corner...Are You Ready?

I bet a lot of you are thinking, "Does this guy know his seasons? It's only March." The reason I think of fall now is because it is a time-sensitive part of the year when winter pasture needs to be established, fertilizer put out, stockers processed, etc.

FBG Seeks to Discover Heat-Tolerant Tall Fescue Genotypes

One major objective of the Forage Biotechnology Group (FBG) at the Noble Research Institute is to develop persistent cool-season forage grass cultivars for the southern Great Plains.

Hay Is for Horses, But Pasture is Too!

Forages are an essential component of a horse's diet, because they need it to help prevent digestion problems. Additionally, an adequate quantity of good-quality forage can minimize feed expenses, which is usually the single highest cost of owning a horse.

Trade Show Highlights New Electronic Identification (EID) Developments

The National Cattleman's Beef Association convention offers what may be the premier trade show associated with the cattle industry. One of the things that really caught my attention was the number of companies offering various means of cattle identification and information management.