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Noble News and Views: March 2018

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Heifer Development: Managing for Her Future

A replacement heifer represents the most costly improvement in a herd's genetics. Since reproductive traits are lowly heritable, cattle producers must manage within the environment.

How to Identify and Control Pecan Phylloxera

Pecan phylloxera is an insect that can cause significant damage if ignored or treated incorrectly in pecan orchards.

Understanding Income, Expense and Cash Flow Statements

The income statement is a summary of revenue and expenses over a period of time, and the cash flow statement contains all cash flows. Together, they provide powerful knowledge for an operation.

Test Your Soil Before Applying Lime, Fertilizer

Soil testing offers information that can lead to more informed decision-making and ultimately greater productivity and profitability. Sample in early spring for summer crops and in the summer for fall and winter crops.

Extreme Drought Affecting Great Plains and Beyond

Producers should have contingency plans in place to make decision-making easier as drought conditions worsen.

Soil microbes can suppress plant disease

Scientists are gaining a better understanding of soil microbes and how they could help control cotton root rot in alfalfa.

Peptides Show Promise to Advance Agriculture

Researchers at the Noble Research Institute are taking a novel approach by investigating small peptides as a way to potentially help improve plant stress tolerance.

3 Ways Nitrogen Researchers Are Advancing Agriculture

Nitrogen fertilizers are necessary but also costly. Researchers are looking into ways to improve plants' natural abilities to efficiently use nitrogen.