News

2013 Archive

Wheat research benefits producers

Producing plant cultivars is like releasing a new technology. Technology changes with the times and allows us to purchase the latest computer or smartphone. New varieties of plants (called "cultivars") are much the same - always changing.

Economics, timing drive pesticide application decisions

Spring is the season when most begin thinking about controlling weeds and other pests. Producers who choose to control pests with chemicals are faced with deciding whether to hire a commercial custom applicator or to self-apply pesticides to their own property or crops.

Small producers should manage bulls during breeding

By the beginning of April, most cow-calf producers in the Southern Great Plains are a few weeks away from the start of the breeding season and are wrapping up routine preparation of bulls before turn-out.

Switchgrass Establishment

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), is a native, warm-season (C4) perennial grass that can be found growing over the eastern two-thirds of the United States, Central America and southern Canada....

The "New Normal" – or Was it?

The recent drought has caused many to reflect upon the past and wonder what is in store for the future. Just a couple of years ago, few agricultural producers took the time to ponder drought, much...

McGee family improves land through hard work

Craig McGee has spent the last six years working toward goals that are similar to many landowners - reducing Eastern red-cedar and increasing wildlife on his property.

Cow herd rebuilding takes time

A Janaury report total on all cattle and calves at 89.3 million head - the lowest reported number in over 60 years - the industry is very short on calf supply. What kinds of challenges and opportunities does this bring to producers trying to decide whether or not to be in the cattle business?

Research updates pecan tree fertilizer recommendations

Proper fertilization can decrease stress and improve the health and development of trees. Annual application of nitrogen and adequate levels of phosphorus have been shown to help reduce alternate bearing in pecan trees.

"New normal" rainfall expectations endanger production

The "new normal" can be defined as the period of time from 1981-2010, a span of 30 years, when Oklahoma rainfall was significantly more abundant than it had been in the previous 87 years.

Association represents prescribed burn practitioners

Many landowners already use prescribed fire for accomplishing their management goals. However, most landowners do not, due to fear of liability as well as a lack of knowledge, labor and equipment.