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Ag News and Views: April 2013

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Aquatic vegetation establishment promotes resource goals

Aquatic vegetation can be beneficial when the right species in the right abundance are present. Some benefits of aquatic vegetation are erosion control, improved water quality, cover and food for many wildlife species.

Economics, timing drive pesticide application decisions

Spring is the season when most begin thinking about controlling weeds and other pests. Producers who choose to control pests with chemicals are faced with deciding whether to hire a commercial custom applicator or to self-apply pesticides to their own property or crops.

Mobile app aids prescribed burn management

Prescribed fire is a powerful tool that can be used to achieve management goals and manipulate vegetation. When conducting a burn, good communication between the burn crew members is critical for conducting it safely.

Small producers should manage bulls during breeding

By the beginning of April, most cow-calf producers in the Southern Great Plains are a few weeks away from the start of the breeding season and are wrapping up routine preparation of bulls before turn-out.

Wheat research benefits producers

Producing plant cultivars is like releasing a new technology. Technology changes with the times and allows us to purchase the latest computer or smartphone. New varieties of plants (called "cultivars") are much the same - always changing.