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Ag News and Views: March 2005

Ag Division's Web Site Full of New Information

A recent addition to www.noble.org is a Hunting and Recreational Lease Registry, which is a web-based listing service that we hope you find beneficial.

American Woodcock Known for Odd Appearance, Courtship Displays

Timberdoodle, bog snipe, brush snipe, Labrador twister - these are just a few of the aliases of the American woodcock. Perhaps the least-known "game bird" in Oklahoma and Texas, the woodcock is a member of the wading bird family, Scolopacidae, which includes common snipe, plovers and killdeer.

It's Time to Think About Warm-Season Grasses

It's time to prepare for your spring plantings, if you have not already done so. Here are some of my thoughts for you to ponder - some based on research, some on observation, some on experience and all open to discussion!

Learn Livestock's 'Hierarchy of Nutrient Use'

We get a lot of calls this time of year about winter cow nutrition and body condition. Cow body condition is a relative term used to describe the level of fatness or fleshiness. Some of the pieces of the puzzle vary with the class, but the basics don't vary and the mystery is not very deep.

Start Planning Now for Effective Bermudagrass Pasture Weed Control

Weeds reduce yields by competing with grass for available sunlight, nutrients and water; drive up costs by reducing fertilizer use efficiency and requiring additional inputs; reduce forage quality and palatability; lower nutrient content and could even be toxic. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

Take Advantage of Your Pecan Crop

The 2004 pecan crop in Oklahoma and North Texas was historic, It was estimated in the fall that Oklahoma would harvest 28 million pounds of pecans for 2004. That was 22 million pounds more than the previous year. At any rate, if you have pecan trees, you need to be ready to take advantage of the situation.

Who Is a Good Tax Preparer?

One should employ the services of a competent tax preparer who is knowledgeable of the sections of the tax code that pertain to agriculture. Finding the right preparer can be somewhat of a challenge, however.