2005 Archive

Want A Bigger Buck?

Almost everyone interested in deer enjoys seeing a large buck. What can you do to improve chances for a larger buck? The answer is simple - do not shoot one that is smaller than what you consider big.

Tips for Coping With The High Cost Of Fertilizer

As everyone has no doubt noticed, fertilizer prices have shot through the roof over the last year. Producers must first have an idea of base fertility reserves and soil pH. Without this basic information, every other fertility decision is only a guess. With careful planning and attention to all the details, fertilization can still produce the lowest-cost forage available.

'Steel' Yourself for Higher Prices

It appears the problem of increasing steel prices will not be alleviated any time soon. As a result, this might be the time to consider future purchases. Waiting until later may, in fact, have a substantial cost associated with it - assuming the cost of steel, and, hence, farm machinery, equipment and supplies, will continue to increase over time.

How Does Tifton 85 Measure Up?

In 1996, the Noble Research Institute's Dr. Jerry Baker established a bermudagrass variety trial near Ardmore, Okla. Since then, Baker has been producing annual reports presenting forage yields for bermudagrass varieties in the test. As producers begin considering sprigging options, variety trial information is often discussed. Tifton 85 is one variety that receives much interest because it is always one of the highest-yielding varieties.

Mechanical Tools for Eastern Red Cedar Control Evaluated

The other day, I thought to myself, "What if all the land area covered by Eastern red cedar was covered with thistles?" Since most thistles are listed as noxious weeds in Oklahoma and most other states as well, I believe there would be a great amount of action taken to control them. In my opinion, cedars are every bit as noxious as thistles, if not worse, and they are invading our land.

Plant Natural Products, Human Health and Agriculture: An Overview

People generally want to lead longer, healthier lives, but often find it difficult to change age-old habits of poor diet and physical inactivity. Commonly consumed crop plants are potential delivery vehicles for the chemicals that might help people attain their health goals. However, some of these chemicals are present in our major dietary crops at low levels or are, at present, limited to particular plant types.

Tips for 'Hanging On' in the Current Situation

Pre-hurricane-Katrina fuel prices had more than doubled, and nitrogen prices had increased about 26 percent over last year's price - it's gotten our attention, and now everyone is hurting. Farmers and ranchers find themselves trying to stretch every dollar even further than they normally have to.

Cattle Prices 2006: What to Expect

There are signs that the cattle cycle will be alive and well in 2006, with prices for all classes of cattle moving downward over the next few years. This price decline holds true to the cyclical nature of the cattle market.

Low-Maintenance Fig Trees Produce Delicious Fruit

Allow me to introduce to you an old favorite of mine - a fruit that grows well here, is somewhat winter tender and a tasty delight - the fig. This fruit grows on a small tree which can be kept growing at a low height with light pruning.

How Much Quail Cover Can You Afford?

Much has been written regarding the subject of bobwhite quail habitat management. As you probably know by now, adequate cover, space, food and proper arrangement of these components are essential to developing good bobwhite habitat.