2008 Archive

Eragrostis tef - Is it a Viable Forage Alternative?

Eragrostis tef is a warm-season annual grass from Ethiopia related to lovegrass. It has historically been grown in northern Africa for the seed, which is used to make bread. In the United States, teff is being promoted for forage and grain.

Personnel Management for Successful Outcomes

The Agricultural Division's research and resource management effort has grown considerably during the last few years. We have been asked on a number of occasions what has led to this growth and the program's early success. The single greatest resource that we have is our staff.

Take Care of Your Hay, It Has Value

Not long ago, cheap commodity prices made it easy to look at hay as just filler. Nutritional deficiencies could be inexpensively corrected by feeding a supplement. Those days are gone, and quality hay has real value when compared to a commodity feed, but the value is in nutritional quality.

Necessity Leads to Hoop House Invention

During my tenure with the Noble Research Institute, I've had the opportunity to meet many innovative growers. I met one such person this past September on the farm of Tod and Jamie Hanley at a hoop house conference sponsored by the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Make 'Em Gain to Maximize Profit

With value of gain approaching $100/cwt, average daily gain (ADG) of stocker calves on wheat pasture is a major concern this year. Gain is worth more than it has ever been, and producers should focus on making sure they manage for optimum ADG.

In a Rut - Breeding Season Behaviors in Deer

The term "rut" is often used to describe a boring, monotonous routine or a trench worn in the ground by a wheel. However, if you hang around much in white-tailed deer hunting circles, chances are that it means something completely different.

A Legacy of Success

For more than half a century, the Noble Research Institute's agricultural consultants have provided farmers and ranchers with the knowledge and support to maximize their operations. Below four...

Drilling Mud - Application to Pasture and Farmland

Lately it seems that those of us in the soils and crops discipline have received more questions about land application of drilling mud or "mud farming."

Small Grain Nitrogen Management Options

Despite high grain prices, nitrogen management has become more challenging in small grain production because of continued increases in fertilizer prices. Both grain and forage yield potential are reduced without adequate fertilizer nitrogen.

Good Hay - A Good Deal This Winter

High feed prices have many cattlemen concerned about what to feed this winter. Many think that hay is overpriced and all supplements are too expensive to feed. If this is your situation, now is the time to develop a least-cost winter feeding program.