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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.

Avoid mistakes to maximize fall food plots for white-tailed deer

published: August 21st 2017 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Avoiding common mistakes when planning and planting a food plot for deer and other wildlife can mean the difference between failure and success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Online tool could help predict forage, other conditions for cattle producers

published: August 14th 2017 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

A crystal ball to see into the future may be every agricultural producers’ dream, and two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are integrating a tool to give cattle producers a 90-day glimpse....

Texas A&M AgriLife releases High Plains wheat ‘Top Picks’ list

published: August 11th 2017 by: Kay Ledbetter

AMARILLO – Each year, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research jointly provide wheat producers across the High Plains their “Top Picks” list for varieties with the highest potential before planting time....

Protein Supplementation and Forage Intake

published: August 4th 2017 by: Jay Jenkins source: Nebraska Extension

  Let’s take a quick review of ruminant physiology.  Based on how many times I’ve heard someone say they are feeding supplement to “stretch the grass,” I think there are some misconceptions about what is happening when you supplement protein....

Grass and hay production simply stated

published: June 29th 2017 by: By Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Fo

Even though winter feeding has the greatest costs associated with keeping livestock, some hay feeding is inevitable even for the most cost-efficient livestock producers. Several hay management options are available that can reduce the associated costs of extended hay feeding during the winter....

Making pasture improvements can increase digestibility, enhance gains

published: June 12th 2017 source: Biozyme

It’s time to start thinking about turning your cattle out to summer grass. Regardless if you own or rent your pasture, it is important to make sure you are getting the most efficient use of your resources....

Hay storage options, forage management discussed at O.D. Butler Forage Field Day

published: June 8th 2017 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

FRANKLIN – Producing hay requires both time and expense, but it can lead to unwanted waste if bales are left sitting in the field, according to experts. To preserve nutritive value and money, there are options that can be implemented to manage unwanted waste, said Dr....

It’s time to calibrate

published: April 21st 2017 by: Caitlin Richards

Frequent showers and greening pastures mean one thing – spring is here. For many producers and landowners the spring season is also spraying season. Most producers are pulling out their spraying rigs, if they haven’t already, to start the spring task of spraying....

Writing a Pasture Lease Contract

published: April 19th 2017 by: Meg Grzeskiewicz source: On Pasture

  No matter how well you know your landowner, never begin a farm lease without a signature on paper! Even if everything seems to be going great now, so many unforeseen issues can arise over the multiple years you’ll be bound by the contract....

Economics of Fertilizing Bermudagrass for Cow-Calf Production

published: April 7th 2017 by: Myriah Johnson and Eddie Funderburg source: Noble Foundation

Fertilizer prices have fallen in recent months. Unfortunately, so have cattle prices. Does it pay to fertilize bermudagrass pastures to increase carrying capacity in times like these? To answer this question, first you must determine how much carrying capacity is increased by fertilizing a pasture....

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s Directive

published: April 5th 2017 source: USDA

  WASHINGTON, April 4, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas – the three states which were most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017....

Quality is what counts in hay production

published: March 27th 2017 by: Adam Russell source: Texas Agrilife Today

      OVERTON – Producing quality hay takes planning but can be worth the effort, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr....

Don’t let cows fall victim to the spring nutrient gap

published: March 21st 2017 source: Purina Animal Nutrtiion

Shoreview, Minn. [March 20, 2017] – Fresh green grass is a welcome sight come spring. However, early spring grass with limited growth or volume should be approached with caution when it’s used as the sole source of nutrition for recently calved cows....

Options to address ryegrass for warm-season forage production

published: February 6th 2017 by: Adam Russell source: Texas Agrilife Today

OVERTON – Producers hoping to mitigate annual ryegrass growth for warm-season hay production have options and should start sooner than later, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Determing pasture size

published: January 10th 2017 by: Austin Miles source: Noble Foundation

How big is that pasture? How long is this fence line? How far is it to the nearest water point? All of these questions and more can be answered using the GeoMeasure application, a free download for both iOS and Android smartphones....

Size matters when it comes to feeding forages

published: November 28th 2016 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

Just how much forage does a ruminant need if a ruminant does need forage?   Dr. Jenny Jennings, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research beef nutritionist in Amarillo, and her team are on their second research trial aimed at determining forage needs for proper rumination in beef cattle consuming high concentrate diets....

Understanding corn silage

published: October 31st 2016 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

  I have had numerous reports of drier than normal corn silage this year. It is hard to post a blog that answers all the questions about corn silage. Nutrient analysis of corn silage, dry matter, nitrate levels, analysis of other feedstuffs, cow size, cow condition, environmental factors, and many more variables can impact the amount of corn silage you need to feed....

Corn silage is a forage

published: October 25th 2016 by: By Terry Klopfenstein, UNL Animal Scienc source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Is corn silage a forage? Of course the answer is yes and no. About ½ of the corn plant is grain and about ½ is forage making corn silage a unique “forage”. The corn plant is highly productive so yields of dry matter are greater than about any other forage, about 2 times alfalfa....

Deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up Nov. 15

published: October 24th 2016 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

AMARILLO – Over the years, Texas ranchers and landowners have learned that growing grass for cattle is a risky business. Not so much dangerous, but very dependent on the weather. For that reason, DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist in Amarillo, said producers need to consider the perennial Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance, designed to protect livestock and hay producers against production losses....

Providing proper nutrition for wintering cows can pay dividends long-term

published: October 13th 2016 by: Adam Russell source: Texas Agrilife Today

OVERTON – Providing forage and feed supplies with the proper nutritional value for cows is an important consideration for producers as winter approaches, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton....

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