2015 Archive

A week with the chickens

It's been a week of hard work fixing up Watoto's poultry farm, making it one of the most modern in the country.

Seeing those around you

The many ways to break down cultural and language barriers.

Feral Hogs in North America: An Overview

This video takes a look at how they got to the continent, where and how they have expanded their territory, and some of the problems they are causing for landowners and the agricultural industry.

Signs That You Have Feral Hogs

The first step to controlling feral hogs is to recognize the signs that you have them on your property.

A trip north: Gulu, Amuru and Omer Farming Company

I was fortunate enough to visit the northern part of Uganda this past week, specifically Gulu and the outskirts of Amuru. It was a long (six hours), bumpy and physically exhausting car ride.

A chicken crisis and chance to understand culture

I followed Moses, who is the team leader over each farm supervisor, today. We went out to the grain mill/storage to fix some issues. Today was a learning day for me. I learned about issues that surround agriculture here.

Economics, residual nitrogen drive topdressing decisions

Adequate nitrogen is necessary for optimizing winter pasture production. One consideration for providing adequate nitrogen is to maximize nitrogen use efficiency (NUE). One way to improve NUE is to apply nitrogen during the late winter as a topdress application.

Information systems aid better management decisions

It's often said that you can't manage what you don't measure. With many agricultural operations, decisions are made on a daily basis without adequate supporting information.

Late-gestation heifer nutrition does not affect dystocia

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 28 percent of all calf deaths before weaning are due to birth-related problems. Therefore, managing females to calve with minimal difficulty is extremely important.

First week in Watoto

It has been quite a week in Uganda. Jet lag affected me more than I thought... Who knew the nine-hour time difference could make a person exhausted in the early afternoon and wide awake at 2 a.m.? But this is the view I get to wake up to every morning.