2007 Archive

Are Cattle Compatible with Wildlife?

Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas are becoming increasingly interested in incorporating wildlife management into their cattle operations. Many variables can influence compatibility between wildlife and cattle, including, but not limited to, cattle stocking rate, species of wildlife, forage type, climate, etc.

'Tis the Season for Tree Pruning

November through February are prime pruning months because it is the insect dormant season. Though you can prune at any point during the year, the wound provides a highway into the tree for insects, so the safest season to prune is during the winter months.

How Does Value of Gain Affect What You Can Pay for a Bull?

The price of corn in late 2007 is in the $3+ range, with little evidence that it might go down. Therefore, if live cattle prices stay near current levels, producers can expect the value of gain to stay near the current level of $.90-$1/cwt.

Brush Control without Spraying Leaves

Some people want to control brush, but don't have a sprayer, have too much brush to use a sprayer or just want to do selective brush control. There are several options, each with advantages and disadvantages.

Effects of Limit Grazing on Animal Performance

Forage availability is frequently a limiting factor during the fall in winter annual grazing systems. Limit grazing has the potential to stretch limited, high quality forage resources further without depressing animal performance.

Finding Value in Switchgrass Today Through Cattle

Beginning in April 2008, we will evaluate the utilization and value of switchgrass for stocker cattle. Switchgrass may have value for stockers because of its early spring availability, high yields, perennial life form, wide adaptability and low fertilization requirements.

Researcher Profile: Zeng-yu Wang

Growing up in Langfang, China, Zeng-yu Wang was a reserved and thoughtful child, who discovered inspiration in the scientists of the 1970s. The brilliance of their minds and the limitless potential of their revolutionary work ignited his imagination and cemented his life's work.

Beakers and Bikes

As a postdoc, Kentaro Inoue discovered his future in the laboratory and left his mark on the trail.

Building better forages

The Noble Research Institute houses 18 laboratories and an agricultural research team dedicated to plant science research with an emphasis on the improvement of forages (plants used for hay or grazing by livestock) with the focus on grasses and legumes.

Glance 'N Go: A Simple Scouting Method for Greenbugs

Greenbugs are a species of aphid that can reproduce rapidly when the temperature is above 55 degrees. The insects reduce yields by sucking plant juices from the leaves and killing them or potentially transmitting diseases.
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