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Ag News and Views: March 2012

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Forage Management Strategies for 2012

Updated February 2018 Droughts can have negative impacts on our pastures that could last for years to come. In addition, the more your pastures are stressed and overgrazed, the longer it will take...

Is Fertilizing Native Grass Profitable?

A high percentage of the grazing land in our area is native grass. Most ranchers do not fertilize native grass because it is widely thought that it is unprofitable to do so. In fact, one of the appealing characteristics of native grass systems is that they do relatively well with minimal inputs.

Low-input Heifer Development

The traditional recommendation for developing replacement heifers is to feed them to achieve 65 percent of their mature weight by the beginning of the breeding season.

Spring Harvest Management for Rio Grande Turkey

The drought and excessive heat has had a significant impact on Rio Grande turkey recruitment. Many landowners who saw fewer turkeys during the fall and winter are convinced that the impact was negative.

State of the 2012 Cattle Industry

The cattle industry is experiencing both production and market conditions that are unique and uncommon for the industry. Extreme heat and drought conditions caused double digit percentage declines in beef cattle numbers in Texas and Oklahoma.