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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 Forages For Quality

published: January 4th 2016 by: Rick Rasby source: University of Nebraska Extension

All the rain received this spring in some areas was really appreciated and made for a good grazing season. In some cases it was a challenge to get hay in the bale without a lot of rain on it while in the windrow, and this reduces quality....

Grazing Conference Set For December 13-16

published: December 8th 2015 by: Hugh Aljoe source: Noble Foundation

The 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands is a conference held for livestock producers by livestock producers, especially producers who are interested in good land stewardship. The central theme of the conference presentations will be balancing economic sustainability with environmental sustainability....

November 16 deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up

published: November 12th 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

AMARILLO – The deadline is nearing for the perennial Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up, designed to protect livestock and hay producers against production losses, said DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist in Amarillo....

Determining How Much Hay Your Cows Will Consume

published: November 11th 2015 by: Dr. Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs.  Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations.  Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed....

Cow-calf grazing practices could determine, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

published: November 3rd 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter

VERNON – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern Great Plains could require a change of grazing management by traditional cow-calf producers, according to a study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research....

Soil types, importance will be topic of November 5 webinar

published: October 26th 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – “Soils 101: What you have and why it matters” will be the topic of the November 5 natural resources webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit....

An Overview Of Livestock And Crop Insurance Programs

published: October 13th 2015 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

The United States Department of Agriculture offers several programs to crop and livestock producers to help manage risk. A program often discussed is Livestock Risk Protection Insurance (LRP). LRP is a price insurance that livestock producers can use to protect the price of a future sale of animals....

Forage and pasture options for wintering cattle

published: October 2nd 2015 by: Monte Touquette, Jr. source: Texas A&M University Extension

If it wasn’t for the wintering period and the need to feed hay, the cattle business would be fun and more profitable!! The primary forage base for pastures and rangeland in Texas is warm-season pe-rennial grasses....

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....

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