2002 Archive

Can Drought be Predicted?

Precision prediction of drought is not feasible yet but drought is a regular occurrence and managers should have a plan to overcome at least a short-term seasonal drought.

Farm Size Depends on Economic Factors

Producers who want to earn their entire living from farming or ranching should calculate the volume of sales needed to meet their financial goals and fully employ their labor and management resources.

Livestock Industry's Biosecurity is Everyone's Responsibility

The livestock industry's biosecurity is not the sole responsibility of the federal and state governments - all entities related to animal agriculture must be educated on disease prevention, identification, treatment and containment.

Selection, Planting Methods are Key for Healthy Trees

Choosing the right tree and planting in an appropriate site using proper methods goes a long way toward growing healthy trees.

New Position: Research & Demonstration Manager

Bryan Unruh oversees the day-to-day operations of 43 current R&D projects on the Noble Research Institute's five farms, along with coordinating the Foundation's part in collaborative research with other institutions.

Machinery Considerations

Arriving at the proper complement of machinery and equipment for each farm and ranch operation involves the analysis of a number of factors.

Prioritize This Spring

Reproduction is the most important concept that profit-driven producers should keep in mind when designing herd health and nutrition programs.

Hoop House Heat: A Double Edged Sword

Properly-managed hoop house heat can generate additional dollars for growers &nash; but too much heat can create unfavorable hoop house conditions for both plants and people.

Don't Cut It - Whack It

The "bush-whacking" method combines a backpack sprayer with a straight shaft power trimmer for ease and speed in controlling thin to moderate stands of woody plants.

What Can Soil Testing Do Well?

Soil testing is a good tool, but it's not perfect. Knowing the limitations of soil testing can help producers make the best use of the test results.