8:00 AM Nov 18, 2015
“Of all the management practices used to improve both the economic success and performance of cow-calf production, having a defined calving season is the most important” according to Justin Rhinehart, University of Tennessee Extension beef cattle specialist.
9:00 PM Nov 11, 2015
Agricultural Literacy Week is Nov. 15-21. This is a week dedicated to educating about the importance of agriculture.
7:00 PM Nov 4, 2015
Do you know the scientific term for the damage a mole causes in the yard?
8:00 PM Oct 28, 2015
Anaplasmosis is a disease in cattle caused by the rickettsial organism Anaplasma marginale. The disease is commonly found in the Southeastern United States including Tennessee. It is known to cause significant economic losses to the beef and dairy industries. There have been increased reports of the disease in recent years and veterinarians in Wilson County have reported recent confirmed cases.
9:30 PM Oct 21, 2015
Grazers, forage producers and livestock producers should make your plans to attend the 2015 Tennessee Forage and Grasslands annual meeting to be held Nov. 6 at the Ed Jones Auditorium at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. This is an opportunity to get up-to-date information on forage production.
9:00 PM Oct 14, 2015
Cooler temperatures, less daylight hours and beautiful tree leaves all are indicators that fall is here.
8:00 PM Oct 7, 2015
According to someone with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the emerald ash borer was positively identified in Wilson County a couple of weeks ago. What was expected has now been confirmed.
7:00 PM Sep 30, 2015
Soil pH is very important. The soil pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Plants are sensitive to the pH of a soil. The pH of the soil can determine if you have good growth or little to no growth.
6:00 PM Sep 23, 2015
The annual Wilson County Livestock Association will be held at the James E. Ward Ag. Center on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.
9:00 PM Sep 16, 2015
Producers use different methods to wean calves, but according to Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee Extension livestock marketing specialist, some methods are better than others when it comes to the health of the animal.
7:00 PM Sep 9, 2015
The Master Beef Program focuses on issues facing the beef industry. Topics include nutrition, forage production, health, genetics, reproduction, marketing, management, cattle handling techniques and others. The Master Beef Program is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension.
6:00 PM Sep 2, 2015
The October issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which is due on newsstands this week, will contain an article in regard to the food safety of ground beef.
6:00 PM Aug 26, 2015
This is the season for the fall armyworm. This is a chronic pest in the southeast annually. If you notice sudden brown spots in your pastures or hayfields with thin plants, this may be an indication that you have the fall armyworm present. They feed on a variety of crops including bermudagrass, alfalfa, pearl millet, sorghum sudan hybrids and tall fescue, with bermudagrass and alfalfa being two of their favorites.
7:00 PM Aug 19, 2015
I have had lots of questions regarding what to do about thin tall fescue pastures and hayfields. A thin stand of grass allows more weed pressure and reduces overall grass production. Thin grass stands can result in reduced stocking rates which leads to reduced animal production per acre.
5:00 PM Aug 12, 2015
I have already heard someone say, “it feels like fall is in the air.” Summer gardens are beginning to show signs of decline and their production is now limited. This presents the opportunity for a fall garden.
6:00 PM Aug 5, 2015
This week was proclaimed National Farmers Market Week by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack announced that 8,144 farmers markets are now listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, up from about 5,000 in 2008. The directory is published online at farmersmarkets.usda.gov.
6:00 PM Jul 29, 2015
Beef cattle need minerals to remain productive and healthy. The mineral status of the brood-cow affects reproduction, growth, milk production and health. When cattle are pushed to perform to a higher genetic potential, mineral demands increase. If these de-mands are not met, performance is reduced.