2008 Archive

Weed Control in Wheat for Grain

With current commodity prices, there is much more interest in growing wheat for grain. This means that the cool-season annual grasses that were used as forage when fields were grazed and/or hayed are now weeds that need to be controlled.

Give Your Lawn a SIP

Recently, Al Sutherland, OSU Mesonet agriculture coordinator, introduced me to another tool the folks at Mesonet have developed to assist homeowners and professional groundskeepers. This new tool, known as SIP, "Simple Irrigation Plan," was created to answer the most commonly asked questions when it comes to irrigating turfgrass. When should I water? How long should I run it?

Cool-Season Legumes for Southern Pastures

Legumes can improve the production and nutritional value of pastures while reducing nitrogen fertilization requirements.

The Importance of Monitoring Livestock Water Quality

Rains in early 2008 have resulted in green pastures and full ponds for many cattle producers. This could ease your worries about water supplies for the summer, but will you have enough good quality water to get through the year?

Byproduct Supplements Affect Stocker Performance

Byproducts of industrial grain and oilseed processing have become increasingly popular as supplements in cattle diets. However, little is known about how different byproducts affect cattle gain on forage diets. Therefore, an experiment was conducted at the Noble Research Institute to compare five byproducts as supplements for growing beef steers.

Learn to Recognize Venomous Snakes

Of the 46 species of snakes native to Oklahoma, only seven are venomous to humans. If you learn to identify the seven venomous species, then you will recognize other Oklahoma snakes as not dangerous, even though you may not be able to identify the species.

Is Fertilizer Too High to Buy?

As we write this in mid-2008, fertilizer prices have reached all-time highs. How did we get to these price levels and how does an agricultural producer make sound economic decisions in this environment?

Legumes - More Valuable Now Than Ever

An increasingly common question asked by cooperators is "How many cows can I run if I don't fertilize anything"? Back in November of 2000, Jeff Ball and Dan Childs wrote a Ag News and Views article...

Agricultural Division Fills A Vital Role

As president of the Noble Research Institute, I am often asked: "How do the consultation and educational work of the Agricultural Division fit together with the plant science research conducted at the Noble Research Institute?" My answer generally begins with the reason for the Agricultural Division.

Higher Costs and Lower Sales in 2008

Since the fall of 2006, producers have experienced dramatic increases in production costs, especially grains, by-product feeds, fertilizer and fuels. Also, calf prices have seen a significant drop. The way in which producers do business may have changed forever; it has at least for the short term.