2000 Archive

Urea: A Risky Alternative

Granular or prilled urea is used extensively as a nitrogen source. When urea is put on a moist soil, it dissolves and in the presence of urease, a naturally occurring enzyme, is transformed to ammonium carbonate.

Creep Grazing Accesses in Electric Fences

Most of our rotational grazings employ one wire, high powered, low impedance, electric fences. This report is on the various creep grazing accesses we have tried with these fences and management of the creep grazing technique.

Managing Cow Replacement during the Cattle Cycle

Changing a beef herd's culling rate as the herd progresses through a ten-year cattle cycle can result in higher average net income for the complete cycle.

Avoiding Plant Diseases

This time of year we receive calls dealing with plant disease problems, mostly turfgrass, ornamental plants and trees. With high humidity and moderate temperature, plant diseases have an ideal opportunity to set up housekeeping.

The New U.S. Beef Consumer

Beef producers are aware of the increase in beef demand last year. U.S. consumers have changed significantly in the past decade, and beef is playing an increasingly important role in their meal selections.

Cattails - Habitat or Hassle

Cattails can be desirable or undesirable, depending upon a pond or marsh manager's goals.

Peanut Rotation Study

Peanuts are susceptible to a host of foliar and soil-borne diseases. Peanut fields rotated with other crops are generally less susceptible to diseases, weeds, and insects. Yields and quality usually improve with rotations.

Planning to Succeed

Farming without a business plan is like hauling products from coast to coast without a road map. What is involved in creating a business plan for an agricultural operation?

Making an Informed Seed Purchase

Knowledge is power. This adage can be applied to purchasing decisions, whether regarding buying a house, seed, or fencing wire. After you read this article, you should be able to make a "powerful" decision the next time you purchase seed.

Implants and Implant Strategies

Research has repeatedly proven the benefits of implanting cattle. Generally, a low-potency implant administered to suckling calves at first working (about four months of age) will increase weaning weights by 7.5-10 percent.