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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.

Test, Don’t Guess!

published: September 18th 2015 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

Fall is here and the weather reminds us of the changing of the seasons. This is the time of year when many producers are hauling hay home for the winter as well as pricing and purchasing hay. There is a tremendous range in hay quality depending upon level of maturity, fertilization, growing conditions, harvest circumstances and storage methods....

Wheat variety ‘Picks’ offered statewide by Texas A&M AgriLife

published: September 15th 2015

COLLEGE STATION – Continuing a long-time Texas High Plains practice, Texas A&M AgriLife has extended its annual wheat “Picks” suggestions for wheat producers across the state. A Pick variety means this: “Given the data, these are the varieties we would choose to include and emphasize on our farm for wheat grain production in a particular region,” according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists....

Aiming fire at seedlings may be key to rangeland mesquite control

published: September 4th 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter

VERNON – Fire must be effectively managed to get the best control of mesquite seedlings, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist said. Dr. Jim Ansley of Ver-non recently published study results in “Range-land Ecology and Manage-ment” journal that indicate both season and intensity are important factors in the mitigation of mesquite seedlings by fire....

Expert: Managing pastures doesn’t only mean growing grass

published: September 4th 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter

AMARILLO – What a pasture should look like – whether a waving sea of grass or one with diverse vegetation – depends on the cattleman’s final goal and actions taken before rain falls, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist....

Body Condition Score Your Pastures

published: August 7th 2015 by: Bethany Johnston source: University of Nebraska Extension

How easy is it to body condition score your cows? You look at the fat deposits covering the cow’s body. A “fleshy” cow is considered good, while a thin cow may need special attention....

Feral Hog Management Workshop Set For September 4

published: July 30th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

BRYAN – A Feral Hog Management Workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. September 4 at the Brazos County Expo complex, 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan. The program is free, but $15 for a catered lunch....

New book helps producers manage aquatic vegetation

published: July 24th 2015 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — Water is a significant resource for any land manager, and its presence increases plant diversity that requires management. Aquatic vegetation management is an important consideration for land managers who are interested in properly stewarding ponds, wetlands, creeks and rivers, and other bodies of water....

Winter pasture production program set for August 14 at Overton

published: July 23rd 2015 by: Robert Burns source: Texas Agrilife Today

East Texans have made a lot of hay so far this year, but because rains delayed harvesting, fertilization and herbicide treatments, much of it may be of low quality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist....

Understanding Grazing Systems Is Not Easy

published: July 20th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: North Dakota State University

Grazing plans integrate the biology of plants and animals. Grass is the mainstay of a grazing plan, and the subsequent understanding and implementation of grazing can be overwhelming at times. When the discussion widens to not only engage the grass discussion but the animal discussion, as well, the participants have been known to get a little testy....

USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range And Pasture Lands

published: July 16th 2015 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that beginning September 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands....

USDA Opens Enrollment Period For Agriculture Risk Coverage And Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs

published: June 16th 2015 source: USDA

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015....

High Forage Quality Important For Beef Cattle’s Nutrition

published: May 18th 2015 by: Clint Thompson source: Univeristy of Gerogia

High quality forage is essential to beef cattle’s nutrition and beef producers’ bottom lines, said University of Georgia Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock. Focusing on forage quality helps farmers keep overall costs low, he said....

Forage Plots, New Equipment To Be Featured At O.D. Butler Field Day May 15

published: May 6th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

FRANKLIN – New forage planting and harvesting equipment, plus demonstration plots, will be featured at the 29th annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day scheduled May 15 at Circle X Land & Cattle Company Camp Cooley Ranch Division....

Beef Cattle Producers Advised To Get Grazing Leases In Writing

published: April 6th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

FORT WORTH – Surprisingly, some grazing leases are simple verbal agreements, but for both parties’ protection it is always best to get the agreement in writing, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service law specialist....

Thirty-year study looks at Bermuda grass sustainability without fertilizer

published: April 3rd 2015 by: Robert Burns

OVERTON – In an East Texas study on sandy, low-fertility soils, Bermuda grass pastures that have not received nitrogen fertilizer since the fall of 1984 are still in production, according to Dr....

AgriLife Extension Expert Warns Of Possible Rust Epidemic In Texas Wheat Crop

published: March 24th 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Early sightings of stripe rust in wheat could indicate 2015 might see an epidemic in infections, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Texas producers and AgriLife Extension specialists and agents have observed leaf and stripe rust throughout a large swath of the state from South Texas north into Oklahoma and in the San Angelo, Abilene and Chillicothe areas, said Dr....

Plan For Drought When Preparing Pasture Lease

published: February 24th 2015 by: Bruce A. Anderson source: University of Nebraska Extension

Do you rent pasture? What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations? Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought? Drought can play havoc on pasture leases. All too often, pasture leases fail to include an appropriate plan to adjust to this problem....

Minimize Your Hay Loss

published: February 23rd 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

Using net wrap and storing large round hay bales with care goes a long way in minimising losses, a Texas A&M expert has told farmers. Storing bales under cover, rather than leaving them outside, also helps minimise losses, Dr Stephen Hammack told farmers at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco, Texas....

Storage Options For Hay

published: February 20th 2015 by: Blair Fannin

WACO – There are several management considerations regarding hay storage and reducing feed loss, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist. Dr. Stephen Hammack, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist emeritus, Stephenville, shared his perspective – as well as AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist Dr....

Weather Forecasts Could Become Seeding Forecasts

published: January 20th 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Servicestate cropping system specialist hopes producers can use the weather forecast for not only deciding how to dress, but to alter management practices based on expected conditions....

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