2010 Archive

The Value of Carcass Traits

What is the value of carcass traits when purchasing a bull? The answer is difficult to quantify because of all the factors involved, and it is different for every producer.

Health Benefits of Pecans

Nuts have been a part of the human diet for countless ages. The first documented evidence of nut consumption occurred around 7,000 BC during the Stone Age. More recently, nuts have received a large amount of media attention as an emphasis on heart- healthy diets has spread.

Answering Today's Research Questions

Land use in south-central Oklahoma and north Texas has changed greatly since the 1930s and 40s when Lloyd Noble, founder of Noble Research Institute, saw the devastation of the soil and committed himself to making a difference to help the region.

The Economics of Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue

Over the past two decades, forage breeders in the Forage Improvement Division at the Noble Research Institute have worked diligently to develop a cool-season perennial forage that is more economical...

Using Photo Points to Monitor Plant Community Change

Plant communities are changing all the time. These changes are often very subtle and can be undetected by the casual observer. However, from a management perspective, detecting change is very important.

Smoke Management for Prescribed Burning

One aspect of prescribed burning that people often overlook is smoke management. Smoke impacts not only the burn crew during a burn, but public safety, health and perception of prescribed burning as well.

Switchgrass Yield and Quality Trials

In 2008 and 2009, we recorded production and quality data from Alamo switchgrass grown on a slaughterville fine sandy loam soil near Burneyville, Okla.

Challenges To Economic Recovery

The recession that began in December 2007 has been different than past recessions for a variety of reasons, and the recovery also looks different. Why is the recovery taking longer than it has in the past and how may this affect rural economies?

Manage for the Pasture You Want

Manage for the forage that you want and you might be pleasantly surprised at the response of your target species.

You'd Better Watch Out...Fertilizer Thieves are Coming to Town

Certain people use fertilizer for reasons other than increasing crop yield namely for explosives and for drug manufacturing. Fertilizer theft is an increasing problem, but agricultural producers can take steps to protect their fertilizer stores from thieves.
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