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Noble News and Views: February 2018

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App Review: Cattle Calculator by Mississippi State University Extension

Austin Miles, cattle and technology research associate reviews the Cattle Calculator app created by Mississippi State University Extension to provide producers with multiple tools for managing the breeding season, weights and gains, stocking density, and more.

Evaluating Drone-based Sensors for Your Operation

Mike Komp gives insight into the UAV systems used by the Noble Research Institute on its farms and ranches.

Integrity Beef Alliance Takes Bold Steps to Further Program Development

In 2017, the Integrity Beef Alliance voted to include more bull breeds, modified requirements for breed composition for eligible calves, offered additional marketing avenues and a changed sale format, and continued developing the Integrity Beef Premier Replacement Female Program.

Pecan Management Calendar: February to April

Pecan growers should develop a plan for preparing for and addressing tasks throughout the year. Will Chaney, a senior research associate in pecan management systems, outlines activities for February, March and April.

Studying How Cover Crops, Tillage Affect the Life in Soil

Kelly Craven, Ph.D., an associate professor of microbial symbiology, discusses his work with agronomist James Rogers, Ph.D., to better understand the impacts of cover cropping and tillage practices on the microbial communities, and ultimately the health, of Oklahoma soils.

When and How to Prepare a Farm Balance Sheet

A balance sheet is a standard operating procedure for many businesses, including farms and ranches. It is the best way to determine if an entity is financially progressing over time.