Ronnie Schnell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist, Bryan-College Station, says actual planted sorghum acres could be above the USDA’s prospective survey report for a variety of reasons, most notably drought and high fertilizer prices.
Combining the words cattle, methane and climate change in one sentence starts all kinds of fun conversations, but what seldom comes up is the fact that the more methane a ruminant animal produces, the less efficient that animal is in utilizing the feed they consume to produce meat and/or milk.
Throughout the Southern Plains, we are seeing the expansion of dry conditions, prompting an increase in wildfire danger, stress to water supplies and pressure on winter wheat. Now is the time to give a little thought to dealing with drought.
On Feb. 2nd, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new $1 billion Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities designed to help finance pilot projects from farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who take steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions, capture and store carbon, and/or generate other environmental benefits.
Oklahoma loses between 2 and 3 tons of soil per acre per year on average. That equals about 3 pounds of soil lost for every pound of wheat grown in the state. We need to act on soil erosion before this "quiet crisis" starts to make some noise.
If you add the adjective “sustainable” to an ag commodity like beef, be prepared for some folks to give you an earful. But many suggested practices for a sustainable beef operation, like better soil health, are the same things producers should consider when trying to improve their bottom line.
When you work on issues surrounding climate change, you have a tendency to start looking around for any information you can find to see if the dry weather we’re experiencing in the Southern Plains is driven by climate change or if it's to be expected.
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