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Ag News and Views: October 2014

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Cattle nutrition rules of thumb allow quick estimation

Before relying on any of rules of thumb, it is important to consider all of the factors involved and the natural variation that is expected in animals.

Early deer harvest assists population management

As part of most management programs, doe harvest is an important component that needs just as much attention as trophy bucks.

Grazing management benefits cattle and deer

Grazing lands provide forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities such as hunting. The assessed value of a ranch based on aesthetics and wildlife habitat or its recreational opportunities can often exceed the property's agricultural value.

Pecan alternate bearing challenges production

Pecan trees exhibit a strong tendency to produce a heavy crop one year, followed by one or more years of little to no production. This may best be characterized as alternate bearing with irregular symmetry.

Six rules aid auto/tractor safety

With the boundaries of rural and urban America blending more and more every day, it is important for all motorists to be aware and cautious of farm equipment on the roads.