2007 Archive

Use Price Slides to Develop a Competitive Market Price

The use of a price slide reduces risk in forward contracting and creates the framework for a competitive market price.

Goals, Plans Essential for Prescribed Burns

The Noble Research Institute's Agricultural Division recently conducted its annual Prescribed Burning Workshop, and turnout was excellent. Some of us have been discussing the "how to's" and touting the benefits of prescribed burning for so long, we sometimes forget this land management tool is a new concept to some people.

It's Time to Consider Fertilizing Pecans

Native pecan production in Oklahoma and north Texas is often considered a "Christmas bonus." If folks are fortunate enough to make a crop, it's great, but not something they have much control over.

Oklahoma AgWeather: Online Ag Tools

Thanks to the folks at AgWeather, decision making has become much easier in the last few years. AgWeather is a cooperative project between Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

Take the Mystery Out of Forage Production

How many of us have been scared by the fertilizer recommendation on our soil test results? To grow introduced forages to meet livestock demand or yield goal, it is important to fertilize according to a soil test recommendation.

Artificial Insemination Can Work for Commercial Producers

Artificial insemination is one of the most effective tools available to enhance the productivity and profitability of beef cattle production systems. Even though this tool has been commercially available for more than 65 years, it is still dramatically underused in today's beef herds.

Take Steps to Reduce Risks Involved in Planting, Sprigging

2006 was one of the driest growing seasons on record, low rainfall translated to less forage production, low hay production, overgrazing and, in some cases, total stand losses.

Corn Prices Shaping Up as Agriculture's Top Issue In 2007

It appears that 2007 is stacking up to be an exciting year for U.S. agriculture. A few of the issues worth watching are: Congress working on the new farm bill (especially with so many newly elected...

Nest Boxes Provide Nesting Habitat for Several Bird Species

Winter is the time to inspect, clean and repair existing nest boxes and erect new boxes for cavity-nesting birds. Nesting activity for some cavity-nesting species can begin during late January...

No-Till, Conventional Till Small Grain Forage Yields Equal

Some have questioned if tillage systems influence small grain forage production and if banding phosphorus (P) fertilizer near the seed provides any additional advantage in early forage production....