2001 Archive

To Fertilize, or Not: Is There Really Any Question?

As another article in this issue of News and Views explains, nitrogen fertilizer prices are tied to natural gas prices and, therefore, are much higher than they were last year. This increase is a...

Icy Tax Issues

Some pecan producers have asked whether you can deduct a loss for ice-damaged trees on your tax return. First, you need to determine whether the trees have a tax basis.

Cleanup of Pecan Trees Broken by Ice Storms

Now that the storm is over, the ice is gone, and the soil is beginning to dry, it's time for the cleanup, but how, what, and where?

Lease-Hunting Income

We receive many questions from landowners regarding recreational leasing enterprises, including pricing recommendations. In 1999 we contracted to manage a lease-hunting enterprise to gain additional local experience with the subject.

Grass Mechanics 101

When you compare forage yields, you find that all grass is not created equal. However, when you look closely at grasses, you find that they all have the same parts.

Replacement Heifer Management

An effective replacement heifer development program requires more time, labor, and resources than does the mature cow herd. However, if managed efficiently, heifer development can be profitable.

Got Lime?

There are some things to consider when purchasing lime. The two most important are the calcium carbonate equivalent (CCE) and the fineness efficiency.

Mother of the Year

Consider using some form of a crossbred cow in your operation. No single breed excels in all aspects of beef production.

What to Expect from Spring Small-Grain Pasture

Forage yields should be high this spring. Excess rainfall has provided enough moisture to support spring forage production through graze-out.

Quail Management on Small Acreages

Recent scientific information indicates quail populations may need enough contiguous habitat to support at least 800 quail to prevent localized extinction. Most landowners interested in quail do not own several thousand acres of habitat, so should they give up?