2002 Archive

Study Reveals "Berry, Berry" Good News

A joint Noble Research Institute/Oklahoma State University study evaluated several commercial strawberry varieties using the annual plasticulture system, and though additional trials need to be conducted before any variety can be recommended with a high degree of certainty, the future of annual strawberry plasticulture in Oklahoma appears to be good.

The Debate Continues...Native Versus Improved Pecan Varieties

The differences between growing native and improved pecan varieties are still causing confusion among growers.

Determining Cost of Production is Useful to Cattle Producers

Since producers have little control over areas outside their ranches, focusing on management at the ranch level is essential and determining your ranch's cost of production is helpful in making management decisions.

Proper Management of Bermudagrass for Hay Helps Assure a Positive Return

Fertilizer, swathing, raking, baling and labor expenses can push the cost of haying bermudagrass up to $30/ton or more. With that kind of investment, it's important to implement proper management to assure a positive return.

Water is the Most Important Nutrient

Nutritionists and producers alike often take for granted the most important nutrient, the one required in the greatest amount by any class of livestock - water.

Boys will be Boys...and Cows will be Cows

The old adage "Boys will be boys" can be modified to apply to cattle: boys are influenced by their friends, and cattle are influenced by their herd mates; boys find the easiest way to do something, so do cattle. Understanding cattle behavior can benefit a grazing operation.

A Secchi Disk is Used to Measure Water Clarity

Standardized measurement of water clarity helps monitor changes that can affect production of fish and aquatic plants, and a Secchi disk is a simple, standard tool used to measure clarity.

How will the Next Census of Agriculture Influence Foundation Programs?

In order to adequately serve the needs of land managers in our service area, we must constantly evaluate our services, the needs of land managers, services provided by others and the factors that impact land managers. We are already speculating about what the next agricultural census data will show and how we may need to respond.

Deer Management, Controlled Burning Groups Gaining Popularity

In many instances, it is easier for an organization of individuals with common interests, rather than one person operating alone, to achieve goals.

Fertilization Helps Increase the Efficiency of Rainfall

Proper fertilization affects the efficiency with which bermudagrass uses rainfall during the growing season.