2008 Archive

A Bug's Life

Ken Korth, Ph.D., has spent a career with the creepy crawling critters that plague agricultural crops. His research to improve insect resistance in plants has taken him to new places, but it all began at the Noble Research Institute.

Small Grains Big Promise

The Noble Research Institute's oldest research program continues to provide farmers new varieties of crops.

Dormant Native Prairie Grasses - Benefit or Hazard?

The presence of native grasses in a plant community is a good indicator that the pasture has not been overutilized and that the ecosystem is functioning properly. But what if you or your neighbor has decided to leave native grasses standing over the winter? Do these dry, native grass stands present an unnecessary fire hazard?

The Message Behind the Jan. 1, 2008 Cattle Inventory

The highly anticipated cattle inventory report has been released for 2008. The numbers reflect decisions made by individual ranchers throughout 2007 and the previous couple of years.

Tools of the Trade - Basic Requirements for Prescribed Burns

As part of the prescribed burn planning process, managers should secure the appropriate equipment.

Sulfur Fertilizer - It Depends

In a time of record high fertilizer and commodity prices, should you apply sulfur (S) fertilizer? Well, an economist would say, "It depends." As an agronomist, I would have to agree with them. Some critical factors for applying S fertilizer are S soil test level, soil type, yield goal for the crop, amount of nitrogen fertilizer being applied and the amount of S obtained from rain, irrigation and other sources.

The Importance of the Breeding Soundness Exam

Cattle producers should seriously consider getting a breeding soundness exam. Before you jump to conclusions, let me explain!

Hold On To Your Grass

The growing season of 2007 brought much needed range recovery in many areas of the country. To characterize the improvement of some rangeland from poor to very good within a single growing season would be an understatement in many cases. The amount and timing of the rainfall in 2007 was very unusual and very infrequent for most areas.

Compost: There's More to It than Meets the Eye

I've fielded many questions pertaining to composts and composting over the years. The demand for information on these topics has never been greater than today.

Fertilizer Forecast 2008 - Prices Still Climbing!

Some expert observers of the fertilizer market have estimated that there may be another 20 percent increase in price by spring 2008.