1997 Archive

Managing Risk

Risk management increases value by decreasing the probability of financial distress and by assuring that funds, either equity or debt, are available when profitable investment opportunities arise.

BEEF. What does this mean to you?

If we reflect back fifty or more years, what did the term beef mean to most of the consuming public? Since I wasn't born, it's hard for me to know; however, I think beef was thought of as the premium red meat.

Spiders: Not All Bad, Often Misunderstood

It is true that there are a few spiders that are harmful to man, but the vast majority pose no threat, and are in fact beneficial.

Preparations for Spring

Winter is here again and many of us have already been supplementing our cattle for 60 or more days. The drought we experienced this summer drastically reduced the quantity of forage we typically have going into the winter.

Soil Acidity Solution

One of the most common and overlooked limitations in crop production is soil acidity. With the cultivation of the land and the harvest of high yielding crops, soil acidity has gradually increased and is becoming a problem throughout the region.

Dung Beetles

Dung Beetles are biological control agents for horn flies and intestinal parasites. They destroy the habitat for other insects and internal parasites to complete their life cycle.

Soil Management Notes

Our Soil Fertility and Crop Specialists recently attended a meeting where folks from university extension and research departments and industry discussed current issues related to agricultural production. I decided to use this space to relay some of the major discussion points.

Determining Cost of Gain

It is important to know what it costs to put on additional pounds and what the market is paying for the additional pounds.

Hoop House Pepper Study

Hoop House Pepper Study. Encouraged by the results of several hoop house tomato yield trials during 1996, we decided to take a close look at another promising hoop house crop - bell pepper.

Cattle as Quail Managers

In my opinion, cattle are the most powerful quail managers in Oklahoma, for two reasons. The first is because it is difficult to successfully produce bobwhites without them. Quail cannot thrive in rank grassland. The second reason is because so many land management decisions are made exclusively with cattle in mind.
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