2010 Archive

Hay Quality Impacted by Five Factors

Of all the feedstuffs livestock consume, hay is probably one of the most variable in terms of quality. What are the factors affecting the quality of hay?

Increasing the Average Size of Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass is the most popular fish in south-central Oklahoma and north-central Texas private impoundments. In this area, more landowners manage for and more fishermen fish for largemouth bass than any other species in private impoundments.

Basic AG: Foundational Knowledge for New Producers

The Noble Research Institute's Basic AG series is an educational program designed to benefit those new to agriculture. The events provide practical, foundational knowledge that can be used in everyday operations.

The Economics of N-fixing Legumes in Bermudagrass Pastures

Grazing bermudagrass pastures with stocker cattle is an important activity within 100 miles of Ardmore, Okla. Synthetic nitrogen (N) is commonly used by producers to supply the N requirements of their pastures.

Annual Ryegrass – A Double-edged Sword

Annual ryegrass is a cool-season grass that originated in southern Europe. It is sometimes called Italian ryegrass.

Potassium in Pastures and Hay Fields

Potassium (K) is an essential element in plants and is considered one of the three macronutrients, along with nitrogen and phosphorus. Its relative amount is analyzed and reported in almost all...

Basic AG Program Brings Educational Opportunities

In 2010, as an extension of the consultation program, the Noble Research Institute is providing a new educational effort to producers who are just entering agriculture.

The Economic Potential of Alternative Nutrient Sources

When visiting with cattle producers, I often hear that commercial fertilizer is too expensive. To help determine if fertilizer prices are pricing them out of the market, there are two options a producer can consider to see if they can afford conventional fertilizer.

Israeli Agriculture and Its Promise for Oklahoma

I had the privilege of participating in a 10-day agriculture mission to Israel focused on their greenhouse and plasticulture industry.

Grazing Preference of Warm-Season Perennial Grasses

During the summers of 2007-2009, Noble Research Institute interns conducted a grazing preference study using stocker-weight cattle on a series of warm-season perennial grasses that were established in 1998. The results were worthwhile and a bit surprising.