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James Rogers, Ph.D. Articles

Economics of No-Tilling Cereal Rye Pastures

The Noble Research Institute shares results from its on-farm study comparing the production and economics of clean-till and no-till methods for establishing cereal rye pasture for grazing.

Summertime Cover Crops for Cattle

James Rogers, Ph.D., associate professor of forage systems, is testing how cover crops can be grown as summer forage.

Consider Stockpiling to Fill Summer Forage Slump

In our region of the Southern Great Plains, we basically grow forage during the spring and fall, corresponding to our seasonal rainfall pattern. We are typically short on forage during the winter and...

Preparation promotes successful winter pasture season

Consider weather, variety, soil, seedbed preparation, equipment and seed quality.

Noble Research Institute reports expected forage establishment costs

Like producers, the Noble Research Institute has to prepare a budget for expenses including cereal pasture establishment.

Research shows economics of pasture conversion

Benefits of nativegrass mixtures on the Southern Great Plains have increased interest in effective methods of converting improved pastureland areas to nativegrass pastures.

Cow-calf research evaluates fall, winter forage systems

Data and comments from Year 1 of a cow-calf study as part of Forage 365.

Alliance offers 1-day tall fescue renovation schools

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal will host a novel tall fescue renovation school from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 28, in Welch, Oklahoma.

Proper management promotes fall, winter grazing

The problem we encounter with fall and winter grazing of perennial forages is forage quality availability vs. forage availability.

Planning, management promotes year-round grazing

Be flexible, proactive and have a mindset of year-long forage flow in addition to seasonal grazing.

Alliance provides seed quality control

In 2012, the Alliance for Grassland Renewal was formed, in part to make sure that producers are getting what they pay for when purchasing nontoxic-endophyte-infected tall fescue varieties.

Cotton root rot inhibits alfalfa stand longevity

Alfalfa stands within the Southern Great Plains are often infested with cotton root rot, causing heavily affected fields to be taken out of production within two to three years.

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.

First hollow stem in wheat triggers grazing decision

If you use a dual-purpose wheat system of grazing and grain production, detection of the development of wheat's first hollow stem is critical to gauge when to remove cattle from grazing.

Tall Fescue: History, Application, Establishment and Management

Tall fescue [Lolium arundinaceum (Schreb.) Darbysh = Festuca arundinacea] is an introduced, cool-season, perennial grass that is native from Europe to Siberia and into North Africa. The date of the...

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.

Studies examine nontraditional bermudagrass fertilizers

Numerous nontraditional fertilizers are being marketed with little replicated research demonstrating their effectiveness compared to traditional commercial sources of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

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....

Switchgrass as a Dual-Purpose Grazing and Bioenergy Crop

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 set U.S. renewable fuel standards requiring the production of 16 billion gallons of ethanol from cellulosic biomass feedstocks by 2022. Switchgrass...

Careful management aids drought survival

The majority of Oklahoma and Texas are currently in severe to extreme drought with northern Oklahoma and the Panhandle in exceptional drought. Things will get better; until then, producers will need to do an above average job of forage management.

Do high nitrogen prices justify feeding soybean hulls?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the price of nitrogen fertilizer increased more than 120 percent between 2000 and 2007. More alarming are the unexpected periods when the price of nitrogen spikes well above the trend price.

Forage Drought Recovery: Looking Back, Planning Ahead

So far 2012 has been a better year climate-wise than 2011. However, the full impact of the 2011 drought on warm-season forages was not fully realized until the early spring and summer of 2012.

Drought Management

Updated February 2018*While the years and numbers mentioned in this publication may be outdated, the strategies and principles listed are still accurate.* Drought can be defined simply as 75 percent...

Using a Plate Meter to Measure Forage Productivity

The goal of many graziers is to increase forage production and utilization. A key component of increasing utilization is the ability to accurately determine forage mass. While some seasoned practitioners have a keen ability to visually estimate forage mass, the rest of us need some objective help.

Stocking Rate Following Drought

Many perennial forage plants were forced into summer dormancy for survival due to the severity of the drought. Dormant plants survived on energy reserves stored in plant crowns and roots when normally they would have generated energy through photosynthesis in green leaves.

Fall and Winter Management of Toxic Tall Fescue

The Noble Research Institute recently undertook a study that may shed some light on management strategies for dealing with toxic tall fescue during fall and winter.

Use Moisture Management Strategies to Survive Drought

When the rain falls, here are some tips and strategies that will help you capture and use as much of it as you can.

Springtime Is Pasture and Range "Go Time"

Springtime in pasture and range management is "go time." As I start thinking about spring, here are some of the planning thoughts filling my head.

Clearing Up Some Tall Fescue Misconceptions

One of the major forage research emphasis areas here at the Noble Research Institute is developing perennial cool-season grass grazing systems that will take the place of annual cool-season forage systems.

Manage Forage Before (and During) Drought

Are you flexible enough to manage for that unspeakable term ... drought?