2005 Archive

Everyone Needs a View From the "Cheap Seats"

It is my contention that sometimes we need that broader perspective that only can be obtained by sitting in the "cheap" seats that are positioned a little farther away from the action.

A Pint-Sized Hoop House for the Limited Resource Gardener

I realize there are many gardeners who do not have the space or the funds to construct a full-size hoop house. With this in mind, we set our sights on developing a mini hoop house or mini tunnel, a name more appropriate for its size.

Stretch Your Input Dollars

December can be a fairly slow month regarding soil and crops issues, and it may be a good time to plan your strategy for the use of fertilizer and herbicides in 2006.

Use No-Till to Reduce Winter Pasture Establishment Costs

I recently visited with a number of farmers and ranchers who are looking to reduce their input costs while maintaining comparable output. One way to accomplish this is to convert from conventional farming practices to no-till.

Antlers - The Stuff of Dreams

For most white-tailed deer hunters, antlers are what make the world go 'round. Since these head ornaments are so alluring, I thought we'd take a closer look at what they are and how they develop.

A Backward Glance Forward

As I attempt to envision the future of agriculture and agricultural producers in Oklahoma and Texas states and an industry I grew up in and have worked in for the past 33 years numerous events come to mind that changed things rather dramatically.

Foundation Operating Groups Focus on Cross-Divisional Projects

Starting in 2003, the Noble Research Institute's three operating divisions began emphasizing projects that leverage the strengths of each division to address specific agricultural issues.

Take Time to Winterize Sprayers, Catch Up on News

I would like to look at some other winter activities besides feeding the cows or getting to some of those other chores put off from this summer. Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to catch up on what is new in agriculture, and one of the best tools for doing that is the Internet. Another important item to accomplish before winter arrives is winterizing your sprayer.

Which Replacement Female Option is Right for You?

Cow-calf producers across the United States are increasing the size of their cow herds. One indication of herd rebuilding is the ratio of female (cow plus heifer) slaughter to steer slaughter.

It's Time to Develop a Hay Feeding Strategy

Nutrition, namely hay and concentrate feed, accounts for about 40 percent of operating costs in a cow-calf production system. This fact causes some producers to try to cut cost of production by cutting corners in the area of the nutrition program. It doesn't take long to figure out you don't want to skimp on nutrition; however, you can be more efficient if you put together a strategy for feeding hay this winter.
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