2007 Archive

This is Why They Call it a Season!

Webster's dictionary defines season as "a period of the year characterized by or associated with a particular activity or phenomenon." Note that the definition says "period of the year," not all year.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Giveaway, Part II

Between 2003 and 2006, a project was conducted on the Noble Research Institute Headquarters Farm to demonstrate the possibility and practicality of pasturing stockers on bermudagrass while using legumes instead of nitrogen fertilizer.

Modern High-Power Electric Fencing 101

There was a time when many people in the industry considered electric fence to be a waste of time and money. However, when a fence is designed and built properly using a low impedance charger, there are few circumstances in which it will not work.

Pond Surface Area Measurement is Important

Surface area is one of the most important pieces of information that a manager needs to appropriately manage a pond. Yet it is surprising how many people estimate or guess a pond's surface area rather than measure it.

Good Management Forms Great Habits

In this age, we are all bombarded with a large amount of information every day. How you filter for the good information, and then decide what to do with it, is the key to making the information work for you.

What Is Likely to Affect Hay Prices in the Fall of 2007?

The market price of hay varies substantially from year to year, making it extremely difficult to determine its price in the future. Fundamental economics tell us that the future price of a particular good will be determined by expected supply and expected demand.

Fertilizer - Buy the numbers...

Lately, forage producers have seen the cost of fertilizer increase sharply. Let's look at how to determine the "true" cost of nitrogen by fertilizer source.

Cross-Divisional Projects Benefit Producers and Researchers

In 1997, the Forage Improvement Division was established at the Noble Research Institute. It was challenged to start a program that focused on the development of perennial winter forages that could serve as high-quality, cost-reducing substitutes for annually produced winter forages.

Preparing for Animal Emergencies

Assembling a good first aid kit in advance of a situation can be the difference between a minor or major emergency. It really doesn't matter if you are designing a kit for horses or cattle - the basics are still the same.

Plan Ahead When Planting Pecan

We just had our inaugural pecan-planting workshop, where attendees were able to gain knowledge about planting pecan trees. Presenters gave tips on how to plant, planting locations, tree varieties, weed management and irrigation.