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Ag News and Views: October 2012

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Assess Forage Reserves Now for Fall, Winter Grazing

There are several "classes" of reserve forages that are available for grazing livestock beginning in September and going forward through winter. It is critical to take inventory of forage reserves now to determine what is on hand and what is expected to be produced.

Evaluate Winter Cow Management Following Drought

Many areas continue to face hardships due to the lack of precipitation. This fall brings hope for the end of drought conditions, but the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook suggests the drought will persist or intensify in many areas of the Southern Great Plains.

Food Choice Plays Key Role in Attracting Migratory Ducks

An understanding of duck food preferences is important when managing impoundments and wetlands to attract migratory ducks. Dabbling ducks and wood ducks are the focus of most duck hunters and duck habitat managers in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

Hunting Season Begins With a Review of Safety

With hunting season here, this is a good time to review a few hunter safety tips to ensure everyone remains safe while preparing for the next hunting trip and when hunting. Unfortunately, people are injured every year in hunting-related activities.

Successful Winter Canola Depends on Soil Fertility

Proper fertility management is essential for a successful canola crop. Canola seed yields are affected by levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and are sensitive to changes in soil pH.