2009 Archive


Bluegill are an important species when it comes to fisheries management. Bluegill provide an excellent forage for bass due to their ability to reproduce at incredible rates. During one summer, a female bluegill can spawn three times releasing 2,300 to 81,100 eggs per spawn.

Water Permit Basics

Who owns the water? In both Oklahoma and Texas, surface water (streams, creeks and rivers) is the property of the state. The use of this water requires a water permit. With a permit, water can be used for irrigation on a use-it or lose-it rule.

Are You Working Your Pastures "Hard" or "Smart"?

To determine if you are working your pastures hard or smart, consider your pasture and grazing plan. What was your plan this spring?

Implications of Proposed Cap-and-Trade Legislation

There has been substantial discussion and debate among lawmakers about the implementation of a cap-and-trade policy as a means to mitigate the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Let's Clear the Waters

When trying to manage an impoundment to be a productive sport fishery, water quality is one of the most important considerations.

Nitrogen Losses From Urea

There are many thoughts regarding how much nitrogen is lost from applying urea on pastures and hay fields. If applied incorrectly, up to 40 percent of the nitrogen applied as urea can be vaporized and lost as a gas.

Trichomoniasis: A New Look at an Old Disease

One of the diseases you don't want your bull to get, let alone to bring home to your cows, is Trichomoniasis.

Premiums Being Offered for Natural Beef Cattle

An increasing number of beef cattle producers have expressed an interest in understanding more about the emerging market surrounding naturally produced beef.

Give Your Pastures Some Rest

Precipitation drives pasture improvement, so if you improve the condition of your pastures and rangelands when it does rain, it will help you get through those times when it doesn't. One method of pasture improvement is to provide growing season rest.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

As Wadell Altom mentioned last month in his Ag News and Views article, his retirement as Agricultural Division Director was effective April 1, 2009. He is now spending time traveling and enjoying his...