2008 Archive

Management of Salt-Affected Soils

If you see white surface crusting in areas of your fields, or if you see some areas that are wetter than others after a few days of rain, this could be an indication of a salt-affected soil.

Mineral Supplementation Can Affect Beef Cattle Performance

The value of mineral supplementation is either discounted or overlooked by many beef cattle producers. Mineral supplements make up a small part of the total diet, but can play a big role in the overall performance of beef cattle.

Alternative Perennial Grasses for Bioenergy

In the 2006 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush proposed the Advanced Energy Initiative to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil through accelerated development of domestic, renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuels.

2008 Wheat: Harvest for Grain or Graze Out?

Do high prices have you wondering what to do with this year's wheat crop? If so, now is a good time to consider your options.

Livestock Water Guidelines

Water is one of the most important nutrients for livestock. It is vital for many metabolic processes essential for life, growth and reproduction.

Can Legumes and Perennial Grasses Be Grown Together?

With the increasing cost of inputs, many producers are looking for ways to cut costs while still maintaining yield. The most economical forage system will have a diverse set of species to provide high quality forage throughout the entire year to reduce the need for hay and feed.

Plan Your Breeding Season to Achieve Greater Profitability

Everything we do throughout the year has an impact on a ranch's overall profitability. One thing that directly impacts the bottom line is the time of year that your calves are born. An annual plan should be in place well before bull turnout time.

Rules for Deducting the Business Use of Your Vehicle

When a vehicle is used in a trade or business, the expenses to own and operate the vehicle are deductible in most situations. It is common, however, for vehicles to be driven for both business and personal use. In this case, the business owner must divide these expenses, usually by miles driven for each purpose.

Mother Nature Shelled It Out During the 2007 Pecan Season

Mother Nature blessed us with above normal rainfalls during the spring and early summer, which aided in a very heavy crop set for most of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Cost Per Cow

Fertilizer prices are at a historic high, and, with the amount of corn acres predicted in 2008, the outlook is that prices will climb even higher next spring. So, at what nitrogen fertilizer price is it no longer economical to fertilize bermudagrass in a cow/calf enterprise?