2014 Archive

Safety practices ensure safe mowing

For some of us, mowing the lawn is a pleasant summer activity. Many people love the fresh air, the aroma of fresh-cut grass and the satisfaction of getting a chore done with a side helping of exercise. And we can continue to enjoy mowing if safety precautions and measures are in place and taken.

New resource details hoop house construction basics

As an educator and consultant, I have been asked numerous times by work associates and growers to produce a "how to" resource on hoop house construction. I've been hesitant to do so because hoop house design and construction techniques are always evolving.

Bermudagrass stem maggot invades Southern states

The bermudagrass stem maggot was first discovered in southern Georgia in 2010. This small fly is native to South Asia, and it is unknown how it invaded the United States.

Weight measurement enables effective management

Given the importance of weight in cattle production, it is important to capture weight data when necessary to make good management decisions.

At Home with the Adcocks

At 7 a.m. on a Friday, we were huddled around the coffee machine before embarking on a farm visit to Dustin, Oklahoma.

You Can't Beat The View!

Conner and I got off to an early start this morning, along with Noble Livestock Consultant Bryan Nichols, Agricultural Economist Dan Childs and Research Associate Josh Gaskamp. When 5 a.m. rolled around, we loaded up in the car and made our way toward Combine, Texas.

A Fresh Start

Even if just for a summer, it took a lot for a true, native Texan like me to cross the Red River and move to Oklahoma. However, I was excited to begin my summer at The Noble Research Institute in Ardmore.

Going "Nuts"

Growing up in southwest Oklahoma, I had little appreciation for pecans. My grandparents have a few trees on their place, and I remember them gathering pecans for Thanksgiving pecan pie when I was a child, but overall my perception of the industry was that it was small, perhaps nonexistent.

Breeding Cows and Burning Bushes

My first week at the Noble Research Institute has flown by and has been packed with meeting new people, learning about a new state and settling into my summer home in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

7 Guidelines to Help Cattle Producers Manage Through Drought Conditions

There is a common denominator for producers who cope with drought better than others - they all have active drought management plans.