Cattle require a minimum amount of water, reflecting the water necessary for growth, fetal development, lactation, and replacing water lost from urine, sweat, and evaporation. An adequate supply of clean, fresh water is a critical component of maintaining healthy, productive livestock.This publication explains water needs for beef cattle and estimates daily water requirements considering temperature and feed intake.
To remain profitable in the face of widespread drought, record grain and feed prices, and other economic uncertainties, Kansas beef producers must focus on capturing value, managing returns, and implementing least-cost production strategies. This publication helps beef producers determine appropriate management practices for cow-calf operations when pasture is limited.
When drought or other factors increase competition for grazing land, beef producers may consider moving cattle off grass and feeding them in a confinement pen. This publication provides information on culling decisions, diets, housing, and other concerns associated with this practice.
Even though the optimal phenotype for this characteristic has been debated for many years, it continues to be an import consideration because of the impact it can have on ranch profitability, appropriate stocking rate and consumer acceptance of beef products.
This publication describes research on the effects of patch burning versus traditional pasture burning and the viability of this practice as a strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions from cattle grazing systems.
Climate Outlooks from the National Weather Service can be used to better understand weather trends. This publication explains how to use these outlooks to adjust crops or grazing to better adjust for general weather trends.
Jason Warren, and Randy Taylor
This fact sheet discusses the causes of, plant symptoms, and how to correct soil compaction.
Jason Warren, Tracy Wilson, and Jeff Edwards
This Fact Sheet will provide information on some of the expected benefits and potential challenges of using sunn hemp as a summer cover crop.
Joy Abit & Brian Arnall
The Sensor-based Nitrogen Rate Calculator (SBNRC) is a free on-line sensor-based nitrogen (N) recommendation calculator. This web-based application was developed at Oklahoma State University and has been documented to increase profit of winter wheat production through either the reduction of N fertilizer inputs without loss of yield or an increase in yields with increased N fertilizer.
Jose Dubeux, Jason Warren & Alan Franzluebbers
Cover crops are an important component of conservation agricultural systems in the Southeastern U.S. For some producers with extensive experience using cover crops, grazing can be a ‘next step’ in obtaining additional economic value while achieving environmental stewardship.
Jaymelynn Farney, Doug Shoup, Dave Rethorst, Dale Blasi and John Holman
Cover crops are gaining popularity as annual forages but may pose risks for grazing livestock. Describes animal health problems associated with certain species.
C. Davis, D. Presley, J.K. Farney, and G.F. Sasenrath
Cover crops offer potential benefits for improving soil health, but establishment and management costs can be expensive. One way for farmers to recover these costs is to graze the forage, which benefits producers by integrating crop and animal production. 2015 version.
Romulo Lollato, Andres Patrignani, Tyson Ochsner, Alexandre Rocateli, Peter Tomlinson, Jeff Edwards
Canopeo is a rapid and accurate green canopy cover measurement tool developed at Oklahoma State University. Canopeo is available as an application for both Android and iOS devices and enables the user to measure the percentage of green canopy cover in real time.
Romulo Lollato, David Marburger, Johnathon D. Holman, Peter Tomlinson, DeAnn Presley, and Jeff Edwards
This publication describes some of the management techniques used when producers plan to graze wheat fields and harvest a grain crop.
Romulo Lollato, Amanda de Oliveira Silva, Rafael Maeoka, Gary Cramer, Brent Jaenisch, and Jane Lingenfelser
To be successful in dual-purpose systems, wheat varieties often require traits that are overlooked in grain-only systems. These traits include fall forage yield potential, date of first hollow stem, potential for recovery from grazing, resistance to viral diseases common under early planting, high temperature germination sensitivity, coleoptile length, tolerance to low soil pH, and aluminum toxicity.
Jeff Edwards, Francis Epplin, Bob Hunger, Case Medlin, Tom Royer, Randy Taylor, and Hailin Zhang
This fact sheet discusses the many considerations to be taking into account when making a decision of switching from conventional till to no-till method of wheat production.
This 20-inch by 30-inch, full-color poster illustrates the wheat’s growth stages.
Erick DeWolf, Romulo Lollato, Jeff Whitworth
Revised and expanded for 2016. Agronomic characteristics and expanded disease resistance information is included. Genetic resistance to diseases and insect pests is usually the most effective, economical, and environmentally sound control method. Resistance ratings represent results of multiple field and greenhouse evaluations by public and private wheat researchers. Ratings help producers select wheat varieties and minimize potential for serious yield losses.
This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants
2012-02355 and 2013-69002-23146 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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