The abundance of forage, mild temperatures and strong cattle prices have many cow-calf producers wondering if it is time to increase their cow herd numbers.
Excess rainfall this summer may have caused a few problems with hay harvest, but there has not been too much complaining. The wet summer has provided excellent soil moisture conditions for both warm-season and cool-season forage production this fall.
Weather has created challenges for hay production in both 2006 and 2007. Last year, in 2006, little hay was put up on the southern plains because of drought. The first half of this year brought abundant rainfall, with June being one of the wettest months on record in many parts of Oklahoma and Texas, but these wet conditions create new challenges that we should be aware of as either producers or consumers of hay.
The Noble Research Institute provides significant support to youth through scholarships, assisting with livestock shows, the Junior Beef Excellence Program, AgVenture and many other activities. We also hire interns each summer to assist with various projects. Each intern is assigned a project that involves collecting, analyzing and presenting data in the forms of a written report and an oral presentation.
In 1991, Leonard A. Brennan theorized that if the population decline of northern bobwhites continued until 2000, hunting opportunities would likely be lost across the majority of the range of the bobwhite. Fortunately, this has never happened. However, many of you have noticed bobwhite populations are nowhere near the numbers of the good old days.
With the heavy crop load that most of us are seeing during 2007, there are major factors that producers need to consider this time of year. In the majority of orchards that I've been in during this summer, scab, a fungal disease, is a major problem. With all the rain this year, scab has appeared on trees that haven't been previously affected.
The 17th Annual Southern Plains Beef Symposium will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Ardmore Convention Center in Ardmore, Okla.
The amount of land managed for wildlife in Texas has exploded in the past 20 years and is increasing in other states across the country as well. For many farms and ranches in Texas, it's a wildlife enterprise that allows the family to remain in agriculture.
Since fertilizer prices remain at all-time highs, many producers ponder the question, "Is it worth it to fertilize winter pasture?" I'll try to answer that in the space below.
There is no doubt that enough precipitation has fallen to ensure the establishment of newly sodded lawns. Many seeded lawns haven't fared so well as torrential rains have washed seed from the soil.