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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.

Hay production and prices

published: January 21st 2022 by: James Mitchell, livestock marketing spec source: Univeristy of Arkansas

Last week USDA-NASS published their 2021 Crop Production Summary. The report includes information about U.S. hay production and December 1 hay stocks. USDA splits hay data into two categories, alfalfa and all other hay....

As winter frosts arrive, pasture managers should monitor for toxicity

published: November 11th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK — As the days grow shorter and overnight low temperatures begin dwelling beneath the freezing point, frost across the state is becoming a reality for Arkansas residents. For ranchers and pasture managers, this can mean more than a chilly inconvenience....

Fertilizer prices continue record climb

published: November 10th 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Mark Welch, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension grain market economist, Bryan-College Station, said producers may feel sticker shock when pricing nitrogen fertilizer, but higher prices for crops like wheat and corn put those input costs in perspective....

Uncertain nitrogen prices, supplies may affect application timing

published: November 2nd 2021 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rising nitrogen prices, uncertain spring supplies and unseasonably high temperatures may push farmers to apply nitrogen outside of their normal application windows, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory....

Calibrating sprayers, simply

published: October 29th 2021 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee

November and December are good months to control most of the cool-season weeds found in our pastures and hayfields.  Not only is the ground less muddy compared to spring, but weeds are growing and sensitive to herbicides during the fall and early winter....

Management of native grasses doesn’t stop during winter

published: October 18th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For all things, there is a season. For a few things — managing native perennial warm season grasses, for example — there’s every season. Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said pasture managers should be honest with themselves: the work to preserve and support those grasses doesn’t go into hibernation mode once the grazing season is done....

Testing of hay and pastures key to offsetting high feed grain prices

published: September 13th 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

High feed grain prices have been an area of concern for livestock producers this year, leading many to look for more cost-effective alternatives to meet the nutritional needs of their cattle during fall and winter months....

Forage basics: from the pasture to your phone

published: September 9th 2021 source: Alabama Extension

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— From the minds that brought you Beef Basics comes another ground-breaking online learning opportunity. Forage Basics, the newest online course from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, serves as a valuable new tool for livestock and forage producers....

Plan ahead for fall management of pastures

published: September 8th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With autumn just around the corner, ranchers and pasture managers should consider a few actions that can extend the grazing season, making the best of the available forage base until next spring....

Potash pays off

published: August 23rd 2021 by: Pat Miller source: University of Missouri Extension

NEVADA, Mo. – Potash prices have risen about 75% in the past year, according to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service data. This has prompted many producers to cut back on applications. But that could be a mistake....

Animal scientist investigates effects of grazing toxic fescue during gestation

published: August 10th 2021 by: Fred Miller source: University of Arkansas Extension

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A researcher at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is investigating a feed additive that might mitigate endophyte toxicosis in pregnant cows grazing infected fescue pastures....

Fall armyworms on the march across Texas

published: July 23rd 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Cooler temperatures and widespread rain events across Texas have forage and crop producers scrambling to fight armyworms, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph....

Producers may benefit from CRP Grasslands signup

published: July 22nd 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Agricultural producers could benefit from enrollment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands with improved pasture management and operations. Producers can apply through Aug....

Corn acreage, weather and futures markets

published: July 7th 2021 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University Department of Ag Economics

USDA released the annual Acreage report last week. The report showed estimates of 92.7 million acres of corn in the U.S. This would be about 2 percent higher than in 2020 and is 1.6 million acres more than USDA estimates of Prospective Plantings back in March....

Researchers deploy virtual fencing technology to improve grazing and water quality

published: June 29th 2021 by: Gail Ellis source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Oklahoma State University researchers have received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to examine how virtual fencing technology could improve the water quality and ecosystems of cattle grazing lands....

Texas wheat production average despite challenges

published: June 24th 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas wheat grain crop faced a number of challenges this season from extreme weather to disease, but the overall expectation is that acres will produce average or slightly below average yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Texas A&M AgriLife plant breeding programs granted $1.75 million

published: June 15th 2021 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Projects to improve sorghum, corn, peanuts and wheat cultivar production Four Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences plant breeding program development projects have been funded by the U....

Texas sorghum has good prices, needs rain

published: April 28th 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Sorghum acres are expected to be up this year as prices and increased export demand have made the crop a hot commodity, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Ronnie Schnell, Ph....

Small Grains Field Day set for April 27

published: April 16th 2021 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

Producers will have the opportunity to learn about advances in small grains production at the Small Grains Field Day presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on April 27 at the Stiles Farm test plots north of Thrall....

Adding grazing to cover crops can benefit bottom line

published: December 29th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Growing dual-purpose wheat for both grazing and grain production is an important agricultural practice in the Southern Great Plains. But of late, more Texas Rolling Plains producers want to know if alternative systems to dual-purpose wheat, such as grazing cover crops, can bring additional value....

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