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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.

Grain markets improve amid reduced crop estimate

published: September 17th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas grain producers are experiencing better market conditions this fall compared to where prices were mid-summer, thanks in large part to reduced U.S. corn yield estimates in the nation’s grain-producing states, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Main Street Data now forecasts national corn yield at 178.1.

published: September 8th 2020 source: Main Streeet Data

Using sophisticated weather-based modeling techniques that correlate to crop stage, Main Street Data forecasts a 2020 national yield of 178.1 Bu/A for corn. Despite setbacks from storms and a lack of rain, this yield forecast of 178....

Hay-producing areas report below average season

published: September 2nd 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

A bevy of issues amounted to below-average yields for most hay producers in East and Central Texas, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceexperts Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said many hay producers missed out on multiple cuttings due to weather conditions or lower yields due to pasture conditions or pest infestations....

Drought increases rink of forage poisoning

published: August 11th 2020 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drought increases the chance of nitrate poisoning and prussic acid poisoning. High concentrations in plants and water can harm or even kill animals. High nitrate, mostly concentrated in grass stems, causes quick death, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Jill Scheidt....

Forage webinar aims to save ranchers money

published: July 22nd 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts will host a forage webinar Aug. 21 on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forages and/or planting cool-season pastures.   The three-part forage webinar begins at 9 a....

Supplementing to Stretch Pastures

published: July 15th 2020 by: Jeff Lehmkuler source: University of Kentucky Extension

  July152020 Drought continues to impact the high plains area stretching down to the panhandle of Texas. The dry conditions will continue to impact pastures potentially lowering beef cattle numbers at year’s end....

Find out about those vines on your fenceline in a webinar

published: July 1st 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Managing unwanted vines along fence lines will be the topic of a July 2 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Unit range webinar....

Online rangeland herbicide workshop June 30

published: June 18th 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present an online rangeland workshopon the Zoom platform on June 30 at 9 a.m. The cost is $10, and three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are available for participants with a pesticide applicators license, one in laws and regulations and two in integrated pest management....

Determine forage moisture content

published: June 12th 2020 by: Kerri Lehman source: Ohio State University Extension

Forage maturity/stage of development is often cited as the number one factor that determines forage quality, but for any stored forage, moisture content at harvest is a close second. Moisture content drives what happens to that forage after it is removed from the field, whether quality is maintained or degraded....

Online beef cattle, forage management program set for May 15

published: May 8th 2020 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

An online Beef Cattle and Forage Management program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on May 15. The program, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Atascosa, Bexar, Guadalupe and Wilson counties, will offer one general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit for attendees....

Texas A&M ready to begin hemp variety trials

published: April 30th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife will be planting hemp variety trials for the first time this spring, with a goal to provide producers, hemp seed companies and the larger hemp industry with a reliable, independent scientific assessment of hemp varietal performance in Texas....

Now is time to mitigate the risk of grass tetany

published: April 17th 2020 by: Adele Harty source: Igrow

The warmer spring temperatures have been a welcome reprieve. With warmer temperatures and significant soil moisture in places, ranchers need to be proactive in mitigating grass tetany risk. Cool season grasses are beginning to green up, posing a risk for cows with young calves....

Wheat acres up slightly amid good growing conditions

published: March 26th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Wheat acres in Texas were up and facing little to no threat from pests or disease in grazing and grain fields, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists.  Jourdan Bell, Ph....

Repairing damage caused by hay feeding

published: March 12th 2020 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee

Last year I wrote about reseeding muddy areas.  I usually try to write new articles for each month.  But seeing how things look across the state, now seems like a good time to recycle the article....

Cactus moth now in Texas, eating prickly pear cactus, a vital weed needed by livestock during drought

published: March 9th 2020 by: By Michael Merchant, Ph.D., source: Texas AgriLife Today

  Prickly pear cactus has its detractors.  Long hated for its clusters of barbed spines, or glochids, that are difficult to remove, it has been cursed, hacked, burned and sprayed. But prickly pear is also used by a variety of wildlife and cattle and is prized as a part of the Mexican-American diet....

Pasture weed management topic of March 5 webinar

published: February 25th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Pasture weed management will be the topic of the March 5 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ecosystem Science and Management Unit natural resources webinar.  Pasture weeds compete with more desirable forage species for sunlight, moisture and soil nutrients....

To till or not to till

published: January 3rd 2020 source: Texas AgriLife

Farmers are aware of the benefits of soil health. However, the difficulty in quantifying soil health, diminishing availability of land that results in higher land prices, the time necessary to improve soil health, and the need to turn a profit often discourage farmers from adopting soil health promoting practices....

Reducing hay storage and feeding losses

published: December 19th 2019 by: Jessica A. Williamson

Storage losses of uncovered hay can be upwards of 30%! On most livestock operations, the greatest operational cost is stored and harvested feed, so it only makes sense that striving to reduce storage and feeding losses of harvested feeds as much as possible can help improve forage quality, quantity, and overall profitability of an operation....

Net wrap needs to be removed

published: December 12th 2019 source: Igrow

Producers should remove net wrap before feeding forages to their livestock. Cattle may eat the net wrap if it’s not removed and eating excessive amounts of net wrap can result in livestock illness and deaths....

Reducing pasture damage during winter feeding

published: November 26th 2019 by: Jessica A. Williamson source: The Ohio State University Extension

  There is not a “one size fits all” answer to reducing pasture damage during winter feeding. Each individual producer should analyze his or her operation and determine if there are small steps that they can take to reduce the damage incurred annually while feeding in the winter....

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