If you compare recent covers of The Cattleman to covers from decades ago, many of the tools from years past are still in use — a good horse, a good rope, and a good hat.
But within the pages of the magazine, technologies we only dreamed about a few years ago are written about as commonplace tools.
Satellite imagery of our entire world is ready to be downloaded through Google Earth Pro. You can see your ranch from above, mark the areas that are to be sprayed for brush control and upload that information to an aerial applicator who can turn your plan into reality.
Read more about aerial application of herbicide, and if it’s right for your management plan, in this month’s installment in a series of range management articles with Corteva Agriscience range experts.
In the May issue, our editorial focus is on water. This month we provide articles on using “gee whiz” and proven standard technology to find and use water resources on your ranch. In recent years, some of our members have suffered from too much water in the form of floods. We have some helpful information on what to do after the flood waters recede.
You may have heard this rule of thumb from range management experts: Receiving a third to half of your normal rainfall by May is a good sign for warm-season forage production. However, if you haven’t received a third of normal rainfall by May, it’s time to start considering your drought plan.
There are excellent online resources to help you keep track of your area’s moisture conditions. We frequently refer to www.drought.gov/drought/states/texas, which is “a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday,” according to the Drought.gov website.
As of this writing, the map shows abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions over our area. Let’s hope and pray for gentle rains to reverse that condition.