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Don't Overlook Proper Accounting for Bulk-Purchased Inputs

Like us, many producers purchase inputs such as fuel, fertilizer, hay and feed in bulk quantities in order to obtain price discounts. Although this can be viewed as "smart shopping" on the part of the producer, it has serious implications to farm management decisions if the bulk-purchased inputs are not expensed across the enterprises correctly.

Addition by Subtraction

Agricultural researchers look to refine the cattle culling process and improve the bottom line for livestock producers.

Jason Bradley: From Fighter Jets to Farm Finances

Jason Bradley is someone who understands the true meaning of the word "busy." In his early 30s, he is already a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he recently...

Maximizing the Value of Your Cull Cows

Dr. Jon Biermacher has analyzed the economics of various cull cow sale options to highlight strategies producers can use to maximize revenues.

Planning for the Transfer of Your Estate

Making decisions concerning the transfer of assets in one’s estate is difficult and can be the most procrastinated activity for all of mankind.

Noble Research Institute Promotes Biermacher, Monteros

Noble’s research economist and legume plant breeder earn promotions for ongoing contributions to their respective research fields and Noble’s mission.

Alternative culling method increases profits

To help provide producers options for managing and marketing cull cows, researchers at the Noble Research Institute and Oklahoma State University teamed up and conducted a study that evaluated the economics of two alternative management and marketing systems for retaining open beef cows.

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.

The Economic Potential of Grazing-tolerant Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a high quality, perennial legume forage that has potential to be a part of summer stocker grazing programs. However, most of the alfalfa that is produced is primarily harvested and marketed as high quality hay for dairy and equine enterprises.

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.

Lime cost affects the economics of nitrogen use

Farmers have used significant quantities of nitrogen on their cool-season forages. This practice has been shown to acidify the soils over time. We conducted an economic study to determine the effect of considering the cost of lime on the current recommendations about the optimal level of nitrogen.

Study reveals legume-fescue mixture economics

In response to limited information about the economic potential of grazing novel versus toxic tall fescue, a collaborative study between the Noble Research Institute and the University of Arkansas was conducted.

Guar beans can serve as alternative crop

Guar is a drought-tolerant legume that was introduced into the United States from India in 1903. Guar (Hindi for "cow food") is an upright, coarse-growing summer annual legume known for its drought tolerance once established.

New crop insurance option protects producers

The USDA established the Rainfall Index Annual Forage Plan in May 2013. The program offers castrophic risk and/or buy-up coverage to producers who annually plant crops used for livestock feed.

Soil Nutrient Mining and Switchgrass Management

Over the past several years, U.S. national bioenergy policy has provided incentives for the development of large-scale production of bioenergy products produced from cellulosic biomass crops, such as switchgrass.

Factors affect sustainable forage production systems

At the Noble Research Institute, we understand the importance of long-term economic sustainability of the family farm or ranch business.

Hay Choices for Cattle Producers and Equine Enthusiasts

Cattle producers and equine enthusiasts in the Southern Great Plains rely heavily on introduced warm-season grasses for their winter hay needs. Primarily, these grasses are either bermudagrass or old world bluestem varieties.

NSF grant enhances Oklahoma research infrastructure

The Oklahoma economy is heavily dependent on the extraction and use of natural resources. Predictable and increasing services of energy, food, fiber, freshwater and clean air are needed to maintain a healthy society.

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.

Survey examines Oklahoma, Texas meat goat industry

We surveyed meat goat producers to better understand the industry and discover potential benefits and challenges.

BoarBuster™ thinks outside the box trap

Encounters of widespread damage associated with feral hogs are becoming increasingly more frequent for farmers and ranchers in the South. One study reports that feral hogs cause at least $52 million...

The Economics of Hoop House Fruits and Vegetables

A hoop house is "a freestanding or gutter-connected covered structure, without heating or electrical power, using passive ventilation for air exchange and cooling, and an irrigation system for crop...

Using Aminopyralid Preemergent in Pastures for Western Ragweed Control

Western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya) is considered one of the most common weeds in pastures and rangeland in the Southern Great Plains. It is an aggressive competitor with grasses and is generally...

Effect of Nitrogen Rate on Yield of Nine Warm-season Introduced Perennial Forage Varieties

When ranchers think about planting an introduced summer perennial forage variety, there are usually two questions. One is, "Do hybrid varieties that do well in research tests with heavy fertilization...

Effect of Fertilizer on Yield of Native Grass

Fertilization of native grass fields is generally not recommended in the Southern Great Plains region of the United States. The primary reason for not fertilizing native grass is the belief that the...

The Economics of Spinach and Tomatoes Grown in Hoop Houses

Hoop house structures are becoming increasingly popular among growers and horticultural enthusiasts. View Publication

The Economics of Strawberries and Squash Grown in Hoop Houses

Hoop house structures are becoming increasingly popular among growers and horticultural enthusiasts. To provide more economic information to growers and horticultural enthusiasts, the Noble Research...

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...

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.

Grazing Systems Research Update: Year-Round Forage Options

Noble Research Institute researchers work on year-round grazing systems through ongoing studies and new technologies.

Planning for the Transfer of Your Estate

Making decisions concerning the transfer of assets in one’s estate is difficult and can be the most procrastinated activity for all of mankind.

You Can Retain, Feed and Rebreed Open Cows Profitably — Sometimes

In a three-year study, Noble Research Institute looked at the economics of retaining, feeding and rebreeding open cows.

Stocker Cattle Transitioning to Wheat Pasture May Not Need Supplement

Providing a high-energy supplement to cattle transitioning to wheat pasture does not result in sustained, extra weight gain in the long run, according to research.