Agriculture, by its very nature, is a volatile business. Many producers worry about how long high prices can be sustained. Fear of falling prices, combined with high input costs, seems to have risk management on everyone's mind, but few individuals are comfortable with the details.
The window of opportunity to plant summer annual forages is at hand while it is closing for most perennial warm-season forages. It is usually recommended that perennials be planted by mid-May.
Ben Franklin wrote, "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water." Unfortunately, the "well" is running dry in many parts of the world. Rivers are running dry prior to reaching the seas because we are over-allocating and overusing them.
As long as pesticides have been used, off-target spray drift has been a potential problem. As we move into the busiest time of year for pesticide applications, it is a good time for a brief review of the primary types of pesticide drift and some tips on how to minimize them.
Sorting cattle is one of the real arts of animal husbandry. Sorting can be done for many reasons and by many methods.
With the increased publicity regarding controlled burning and wildlife management associations, some people have expressed interest in forming an association but do not quite know where or how to begin.
Since recent droughts have caused a lack of available forage in many areas, the incentive to retain heifers and purchase cows has been very low. Cattle inventory has declined to levels not seen since the 1930s and 1940s, and the value of heifer calves has risen to all-time record highs.
Success means different things to different people. History shows us that favorable outcomes are more likely when plans are made and executed.
If I could have only four tools to conduct prescribed burns or fight wildfires, they would be matches, a drip torch, an accurate weather forecast and a power sprayer with a water tank transported by a vehicle.
Most Americans today are just as likely to have a GPS receiver on them as they are a flashlight, camera, calculator, entertainment center and even basic computing tools. That is, if they are carrying their smartphone.