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Ag News and Views: July 2011

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Alfalfa: Not Just Another Pretty Hay

Alfalfa's value as a hay or feed supplement is well recognized, but its usefulness as a grazing forage is often overlooked.

An Intensive, Forage-based Stocker Cattle Demonstration

Stocker cattle grazing is a major enterprise in the Noble Research Institute's service area. However, the term "stocker" may be an over-generalization.

Optimizing Weaned Calf Value

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall should use the summer months to develop a plan. Specifically, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income?

The Importance of Resting Your Pastures

Rest is probably the most effective tool we can use to produce and maintain healthy pastures.

Using Drop-nets to Capture Feral Hogs

In many areas, feral hog populations are present in epidemic proportions, and the need for control is imminent. Numerous trap designs have been used to capture them; however, drop-nets have never been examined as a potential tool for feral hog control.

What Tools Are in Your Toolbox?

Smart phones are excellent examples of tools we can use to make our agricultural operations more efficient and productive. These tools, whether in one package or as separate units, allow the exchange of voice, text and picture information.