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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.

Soil moisture conditions improve as drought weakens

published: May 10th 2023 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Soil moisture conditions around much of the state improved slightly over recent weeks, and there is hope that drought conditions might break in time to plant row crops and enough to sustain them to harvest, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts....

Suns out, fertilizer out?

published: April 28th 2023 by: By Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Extension source: Southern Livestock Standard

After a cold, dreary winter we get anxious about our warm season perennial pastures and hay meadows. We start panicking about the winter weeds we see growing, the volunteer ryegrass we see growing and we start making calls to our local fertilizer retailer....

What is weed science?

published: April 19th 2023 by: Dr. Maggie Berger, Texas AgriLife Today source: Southern Livestock Standard

An often overlooked yet inherent part of the agricultural ecosystem, weeds can impact day-to-day life in ways one might not expect.       Weeds pose a significant problem to food and fiber systems by decreasing the quality and quantity of crop yields around the world....

Forage producers hoping for bumper yields

published: April 14th 2023 by: Adam Russell source: Southern Livestock Standard

Texas forage producers are hoping improved moisture conditions across parts of the state could lead to a bumper crop this spring and summer, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Row crop farmers need rain to start summer crop season

published: April 13th 2023 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows 81% of the state was still experiencing some level of drought compared to 95% this time last year. Drought conditions continue in the Plains, Panhandle, Central and Southwest Texas, with dozens of counties experiencing severe to exceptional drought that is putting the summer crop season in jeopardy after widespread failures in 2022....

Texas Crop and Weather Report-March 31, 2023

published: March 31st 2023 by: Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife Today source: Southern Livestock Standard

Texas crawfish production steady, prices higher Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 21, 2023 By Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife Today   Texas crawfish production remained steady, but consumers should expect higher prices this season as demand continues to grow, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

OSU wheat breeding program releases new variety

published: March 17th 2023 by: Alisa Boswell-Gore, Oklahoma State Unive source: Southern Livestock Standard

Oklahoma State University has a new hard red winter wheat variety on its way to the commercial market this fall. OK18510, which will be called High Cotton, first came into existence in 2010 in what OSU wheat genetics chair Brett Carver called the “maternity ward” of wheat varieties — an OSU greenhouse in Stillwater....

Weighing pasture health and costs

published: March 17th 2023 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: Southern Livestock Standard

How much can I afford to pay to get my pastures right? My question, in response, is if a person can afford not to get their pastures in good shape. Over the past several years, there have been many pastures where broomsedge has become the dominant species or where blackberries or other woody species have become invasive and reduce forage production....

The impact of tight hay supplies on winter feeding costs

published: February 17th 2023 by: By Dr. Kenny Burdine source: Southern Livestock Standard

As we turn the page on January, most cow-calf operations are well into their winter feeding programs. High fertilizer prices in the spring of 2022 likely resulted in less fertilizer being applied to hay ground....

U.S. hay production declined 9 percent in 2022

published: February 3rd 2023 by: James Mitchell, livestock marketing spec source: Southern Livestock Standard

In mid January, USDA-NASS published the 2022 Crop Production Summary. The report includes information about U.S. hay production, acreage, and yield. The report also includes data for Dec. 1 hay stocks....

Buyer beware: Scams, drought and other factors affecting hay sales this year

published: November 28th 2022 by: Gail Ellis source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Livestock owners who plan to purchase hay over the next few months need to make careful and informed decisions to protect their animals, especially when purchasing hay from out of their area. Buyers should be aware that the drought has significantly impacted forage quality this year....

Estimating how long the hay supply will last

published: November 15th 2022 by: Jason Warner source: Kansas State University

The question recently proposed to an Extension professional by a local producer was: “I have 60 head of mature cows and 600 large round bales of hay on hand. If I start feeding harvested forage today, do I have enough forage to make it through the winter?”  This is an actual scenario and a real concern for many this year due to the reduction in forage supplies due to drought....

Flexible stocking rate options for drought management

published: October 31st 2022 by: Ryan Benjamin source: University of Nebraska Extension

It is often recommended that ranchers stock at a moderate stocking rate to avoid overgrazing and to manage for dry conditions. However, during severe multiyear droughts, even moderately stocked rangelands become overstocked, and managers are forced to sell breeding stock to adapt....

Texas Tech to lead sorghum project

published: October 11th 2022 source: Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is taking the lead in one of the largest projects ever funded by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP).    Krishna Jagadish, a professor and the Thornton Distinguished Chair in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, received $1....

Texas ranchers, forage producers battling fall armyworms

published: September 29th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

An increasing number of battles against fall armyworms are being reported around the state, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceexperts are recommending forage producers be prepared to fight infestations....

Sept. 28 webinar highlights current market, importance of carbon contracts

published: September 27th 2022 by: Drew Viguet source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When companies approach farmers with contracts to sequester carbon in the soil, it is critical that farmers know exactly what they are agreeing to before signing, according to Stephen Carpenter, deputy director of the Farmer’s Legal Action Group, Inc....

Pesticide recordkeeping, complaints webinar set Oct. 6

published: September 23rd 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the webinar “Pesticide Recordkeeping and Complaints” on Oct. 6 as part of its ongoing Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, RWFM, Stewardship Series The event will run from noon to 1 p....

Strategies for drought management on pastures

published: September 16th 2022 source: Texas AgriLife Today

During a drought, little can be done to increase forage pasture growth. Proper management, however, can minimize impacts when drought does occur, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist and Texas A&M AgriLife Research agronomist....

Feral Hog Control Workshops offered around Texas

published: September 9th 2022 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

A  group of state agencies is working together to host multiple workshops around the state to help landowners address the issues that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and the health of humans and animals....

Beef and forage field day set Sept. 16 in Livingston

published: September 6th 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold the Beef and Forage Field Day and Workshop on Sept. 16 in Livingston. Onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the program from 8:30 a....

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