So, if you have noticed your pecan or hackberry limbs being neatly pruned and laying all over the ground, well, it is NOT your neighbor trying to get even for your cat depositing on their lawn. The culprit is the small beetle called a ‘twig girdler’. This time of year, the ‘girdler’ trims pencil sized twigs, lays eggs in the twig, where if left lying around on the ground through winter, eggs will hatch, completing the life cycle. Best management practice is to rake or gather up the twigs, burn or discard them, thus short circuiting the life cycle and reducing populations.
On a different note, recently had a producer run forage samples on his hay. Using the results of the forage sample, primarily crude protein and total digestible nutrient of the hay, and information plugged into the ‘OSU cowculator’, we determined that almost no range cubes would need be fed this winter to meet the nutritional needs of his bred cows. Often a few dollars spent on forage or soil samples can pay big dividends on managing feed and fertilizer expenses.
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