2013 Archive

Chuck Coffey

Every game day in Stillwater, Okla., a man wearing an Oklahoma State University shirt and Texas A&M cap graces the famous tailgating scene. A Texas Aggie at heart, Chuck Coffey puts aside his A&M ties - if only for a few hours - to support his three children, all of who attend OSU.

Using a Grazing Stick to Determine Stocking Rates on Winter Pasture

A grazing stick can be used by cattle producers to help determine proper stocking rates. Chuck Coffey, sr. pasture and range consultant, shows how to use this simple tool to take forage measurements in winter pasture. Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager, then demonstrates how to use two calculators available on the Noble Research Institute's website to translate field data into carrying capacity and reserve herd days figures. Use of the grazing stick and the online calculators can help ranchers make better stocking rate decisions.

Orchard/Air Blast Sprayer Calibration

Orchard, or air blast, sprayers are the most common pieces of equipment used to apply foliar insecticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators and foliar nutrients to tree crops. In order to apply...

Water source development supports rotational grazing

One of the primary limitations to developing and implementing a rotational grazing system is water - especially during times of drought.

Windbreaks reduce cattle energy demands

Cattle will naturally seek windbreaks in the winter. In cold weather, cattle require additional energy to maintain body temperature, and wind chill further increases energy demands.

'Law of the Minimum' prioritizes action

Justus von Liebig's Law of the Minimum is an agronomic theory that states yield is proportional to the amount of the most limiting nutrient - whichever nutrient it may be.

Preparation increases pig trapping effectiveness

Trapping wild pigs can be a daunting task. Certain uses and types of traps may have caused them to become more aware of structures built for confinement.

Needle management contributes to beef quality

How many times do you reuse needles when doctoring calves? Properly managing needle use is a key component of ensuring that the beef we produce is safe and wholesome.

Common sense guides stockpiled forage management

Beef cattle can consume and obtain nutritional value from a variety of stockpiled forages to reduce the winter hay feeding period.