2010 Archive

Armyworms Return for 2010

Over the last several weeks of summer 2010, we have had numerous reports from northern Texas and southern Oklahoma of armyworm outbreaks. Armyworms have caused significant damage or stand loss in early planted small grains, alfalfa, bermudagrass and even tall fescue.

Establishing Winter Pasture: Start Out Right

Productive winter pasture can be a valuable asset, but can also be expensive to establish and grow.

Distribution of Feral Hog in Oklahoma

Feral hogs are wild hogs from domestic ancestry and belong to the family Suidae. Three types of wild hogs can be found in the United States: feral, Eurasian and hybrids between these two types. Most, if not all, wild hogs in Oklahoma are feral hogs.

Focus To Accomplish More

The Noble Research Institute Agricultural Division assists agricultural producers and land stewards in attaining their financial, quality-of-life and stewardship goals. Although a goal may be easily defined, accomplishing it can be complicated.

Extending the Grazing Season: It's Not Too Late

The growing season is winding down, but from a forage production standpoint, an active growing season still lies ahead.

2012 Fertilizer Prices Impact Hay Production Costs

This article was updated in June 2012. Most hay producers want to produce hay as profitably as possible. Establishing economic goals is the first step towards profitability. Once goals are...

Planning For Your Estate Transfer

The time will eventually come when each one's estate will be transferred to another person or persons. No one knows exactly when that time will be, but it is often assumed that it will be later rather than sooner.

First Steps to Pasture Improvement

Introduced pastures, such as bermudagrass, can be rapidly improved through proper fertility, weed control and grazing management. However, native grass pastures are a different beast altogether.

How Accurate is Aging Deer on the Hoof?

As managers and sportsmen become more aware of the importance of age in antler production, selective harvest management programs become increasingly popular. The use of physical characteristics to estimate ages of deer in the field is often the basis of harvest decisions.

Culling Without the Bells and Whistles

Culling is the process of removing cows that no longer have a place in an operation. What criteria should the rancher use in making culling decisions?