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When it comes to ranching, our pastures, forages and rangeland are our life’s blood. Search these archives for information pertaining to weed control, brush control and maintaining the proper balance of nutrients in our soils. Read about the qualities of different varieties of grasses like Bermuda, Bahia and Fescue—and so much more.

Current Texas Weather and Crop Report

published: April 16th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Texas wheat fields look good, but the next few months will determine yield outcomes, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.   Wheat growers around the state faced difficulty with fall planting due to incessant rain or had to wait for rain....

Stretching limited hay supplies

published: March 15th 2019 by: Dr. Joe Paschal source: Texas A&M University Extension

It seems counterintuitive that you might need to consider a strategy to stretch your hay supply this winter considering all the moisture we have had recently, but a lot of hay was fed early this past summer and not much made since then....

High nitrate in hay causes cow deaths

published: February 22nd 2019 by: Tim J. Evans source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – On top of dealing with harsh winter weather in feeding cows, cattle farmers must guard against too much nitrate in poor-quality hay. “Just from cases we’ve confirmed, I know of 150 cows dying in the last month,” says Tim Evans, head toxicologist at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory....

Are your pastures poisonous?

published: January 15th 2019 by: Dr. Dennis Hancock source: University of Georgia

What would you do if you found out that there was a poison hiding somewhere in your pastures? What would you do if you found out that it was lowering your weaning weights by 60-90 lbs/head or reducing gains on your stockers by 40%? What if I told you that this poison caused you to have a 60-70% calf crop instead of a 90%+ calf crop? What would you do if you found out this toxin was causing your cows to spend about 20% less time grazing, drink 25% more water, lose up to 2 points of body condition, and produce about 25% less milk for their calves? You know what you’d do....

Expert: Few options to salvage late-season hay amid wet weather

published: November 19th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Warm-season grasses are plentiful in hay producing areas, but the rain that helped improve growing conditions following an extended period of drought is hurting their chances for more round bales, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Managed pastures pay dollar returns using skills learned in grazing schools

published: October 24th 2018 by: Duane Dailey source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Pastures grow green for farmers. When managed well, pastures add dollars to farms. University of Missouri economists report an added output of $125 million per year from using skills taught for management-intensive grazing (MiG) at grazing schools....

CRP risk management decision aid available through AgriLife Extension

published: October 15th 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  AMARILLO – As Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, contracts expire, landowners must decide if they should re-enroll acreage, convert it back to farmland or leave it in permanent cover for wildlife and/or grazing, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said....

Ranchers Leasing Workshop set for Nov. 8 in Waco

published: October 8th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

WACO – A half-day Ranchers Leasing Workshop set for Nov. 8 in Waco will cover all aspects of leasing including grazing, hunting and livestock. The free workshop will be held from 9 a....

Controlling fall armyworms

published: September 18th 2018 by: Allen Knutson source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Dallas

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a common pest of bermudagrass, sorghum, corn, wheat and rye grass and many other crops in north and central Texas. Larvae of fall armyworms are green, brown or black with white to yellowish lines running from head to tail....

Making smart hay buying decisions

published: September 12th 2018 by: Adele Harty and Taylor Grussing source: Igrow

Purchasing hay based on quality is a key to ensuring the best product for the price, but it requires being proactive and asking the right questions. When hay supply is abundant, prices are lower and ranchers may not see the benefit in taking the time to price hay based on quality; however, taking time to do this in a year with ample supply will help one be comfortable with the process when supply is short....

NRCS accepting drought assistance applications for 128 Texas counties

published: August 1st 2018

TEMPLE, Texas, July 31, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting drought assistance applications from farmers and ranchers impacted by ongoing drought conditions in 128 of Texas’ 254 counties....

Forage Management Workshop set Aug. 30 in San Antonio

published: July 20th 2018 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SAN ANTONIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present its Forage Management Workshop Aug. 30 at its office in Bexar County. The workshop will be from 9 a....

Grazing Workshop to Feature Cover Crop Integration

published: July 19th 2018 source: Noble Research Institute

ARDMORE, Okla. — Pasture management can be a challenge for landowners and agricultural producers, especially considering the complex environmental conditions found in the Southern Great Plains....

Using Bermudagrass pastures to meet cow nutrient requirements

published: July 14th 2018 by: Robert Wells, Ph.D. source: Noble Research Institute

    Winter supplementation for a cow can account for anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of the annual cost of maintaining the cow. Therefore, producers should plan their winter supplementation strategies during the growing season to allow for more options and to reduce winter feed costs when utilizing bermudagrass pastures....

Texas Crop and Weather Report July 3

published: July 5th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Dry conditions continue to persist in much of the state as this summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, according to the Texas state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station, said parts of the state received rains that improved moisture levels while other areas continued to experience dry, hot weather....

Texas Crop and Weather Report-June 26

published: June 29th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – The Texas pecan crop looks heavy, and amid good growing conditions and few disease and pest problems, growers are being urged to thin the crop later this summer to avoid a harvest of poor-quality nuts, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Yaupon presents problems for range pasture management

published: June 27th 2018 by: Blair Fannin

  FRANKLIN – Yaupon, yaupon and more yaupon. The war for ranchers against this perennial seems to never be over, but there are viable control measures, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts, speaking at the recent O....

AgriLife Extension expert talks Bermuda grass 101

published: May 29th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Not all Bermuda grasses are created equal, but varieties are often confused as their own separate species, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Texas A&M, USDA research aimed at nitrite poisoning leads to methane mitigation

published: May 23rd 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Two government researchers and a college graduate student aiming at one issue in the cattle industry are finding they can address two issues – nitrite poisoning and methane emissions – with an animal probiotic they are developing....

Analzying forage production

published: March 26th 2018 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee Extension

Spring is here, and pastures across our state will begin to grow quickly over the next few weeks.  A lot of producers have gone to meetings, read articles, and looked online for practices to make their pastures more productive and require less effort....

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