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Ag News and Views: December 2005

A Backward Glance Forward

As I attempt to envision the future of agriculture and agricultural producers in Oklahoma and Texas states and an industry I grew up in and have worked in for the past 33 years numerous events come to mind that changed things rather dramatically.

A Pint-Sized Hoop House for the Limited Resource Gardener

I realize there are many gardeners who do not have the space or the funds to construct a full-size hoop house. With this in mind, we set our sights on developing a mini hoop house or mini tunnel, a name more appropriate for its size.

Antlers - The Stuff of Dreams

For most white-tailed deer hunters, antlers are what make the world go 'round. Since these head ornaments are so alluring, I thought we'd take a closer look at what they are and how they develop.

Everyone Needs a View From the "Cheap Seats"

It is my contention that sometimes we need that broader perspective that only can be obtained by sitting in the "cheap" seats that are positioned a little farther away from the action.

Foundation Operating Groups Focus on Cross-Divisional Projects

Starting in 2003, the Noble Research Institute's three operating divisions began emphasizing projects that leverage the strengths of each division to address specific agricultural issues.

Stretch Your Input Dollars

December can be a fairly slow month regarding soil and crops issues, and it may be a good time to plan your strategy for the use of fertilizer and herbicides in 2006.

Use No-Till to Reduce Winter Pasture Establishment Costs

I recently visited with a number of farmers and ranchers who are looking to reduce their input costs while maintaining comparable output. One way to accomplish this is to convert from conventional farming practices to no-till.