A common thread among cow-calf producers is that they need bulls. This may be the most critical decision made by cow/calf producers. How do you make this decision? I'll share with you some of the steps I use when making the bull purchase decision.
A cool-season perennial grass trial was initiated on October 4, 1996 at the NF Headquarters farm, in collaboration with Dr. Larry Redmon of Oklahoma State University. The establishment year conditions were characterized by intermittent wet periods during the fall and spring followed by extremely dry conditions during the summer of 1997.
We could go into a discussion about soil testing, yield goals and productive potential of the soil, but this article is limited to efficient nitrogen rates. Research and observations have indicated that a certain amount of nitrogen must be applied to satisfy requirements of other plant parts before additional forage is produced.
Income tax is a topic that is perhaps fresh on everyone's mind during this time of year. Few people, if any, look forward to the process of getting information together and the trip to the tax preparer.
Once again, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) Commission has approved, and then reversed, the addition of seven days to the deer rifle season.
If you answer this question by replying that 'you can increase the stocking rate', then you probably have the cart before the horse and we need to re-think the process. The primary objective in rotational grazing should be pasture or range improvement using rest periods.
Though the Stuart is not among the more popular varieties being planted or grafted in Oklahoma today, we continue to list it among the varieties suitable for our state. It continues to grow relatively disease free in our part of the pecan belt.
Over the past several years there have been numerous articles, testimonials, seminars, presentations, and short courses on grazing management. The audience for these efforts all work within a unique set of conditions, including rainfall amount and distribution, vegetation, terrain, time constraints, etc.
Whether aquatic vegetation causes problems or not depends on the goals for the pond, the types of vegetation present, and the amounts of vegetation present. For most pond goals, it is very desirable to have some aquatic vegetation present.
As this winter comes to an end, have you considered what it cost you to feed your cows this winter? In most operations, the highest annual cost per cow is for feed.