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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.

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....

Bumper crop of acorns, be vigilant about your cowherd

published: October 7th 2016 by: Jeremy Powell source: University of Arkansas

Acorns are plentiful this year and present a serious concern for cattlemen as many are toxic and can cause sickness or death in cattle. When forage is scarce, cattle will often search for alternative food sources....

New white clover variety developed, released to market

published: October 3rd 2016 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — Researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures....

Fall armyworms are on the march

published: September 16th 2016 by: Adam Russell

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents in a few of the agency’s districts have reported increased armyworm activity in hayfields and pastures over the past few weeks. Dr. Vanessa Cor-riher-Olson, AgriLife Ex-tension forage specialist in Overton, said producers should expect an increase in armyworm numbers following recent rains and cooler temperatures in areas of the state....

Forage Tips from the Pros

published: September 16th 2016 by: Kindra Gordon

Managing pastures to maximize production and efficiency, while curbing costs. As the summer grazing season fades, producers should access their pasture management practices. An important question to ponder: Are you using your forage resources to their full potential? For some perspective, Garry Lacefield, a longtime forage specialist with the University of Kentucky, suggests producers think about efficiency, sustainability and profitability....

Fall armyworms are on the march

published: August 29th 2016 by: Adam Russell source: Texas Agrilife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents in a few of the agency’s districts have reported increased armyworm activity in hayfields and pastures over the past few weeks. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton, said producers should expect an increase in armyworm numbers following recent rains and cooler temperatures in areas of the state....

Hay, what’s in that bale?

published: August 26th 2016 by: Monte Rouquette, Jr.

“If I could eliminate the winter season, I think I'd like the cattle business.” Have you ever made that statement? In a state with the climate excitement and diversity like Texas, warm-season perennial grasses are the basic pasture-range unit for livestock....

Baler maintenance can go along way to avoiding fires

published: July 28th 2016 by: Tracey Erickson source: IGrow

Dry conditions this year have reminded many how quickly fires can ignite causing damage, destroying equipment, future feedstuffs and hopefully NOT injuring you in the process. We need to be cognizant at all times of the potential for fires to start while baling hay or straw and take measures to minimize the potential of a fire occurring....

Forage producers face annual battle with weeds

published: June 16th 2016 by: Adam Russell

It’s an annual battle to address range and pasture weeds, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Cool-season weeds have fully matured, and warm-season weeds are emerging amid wet spring conditions and creating problems for some forage producers, said Dr....

Understanding Wet Hay

published: June 3rd 2016 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Spring rain has allowed cool-season forages to grow in abundance. Harvesting and baling cool-season crops such as fescue and wheat hay is a challenge during a wet spring. The timing of the rains can make it difficult for cattlemen who are trying hard to put quality hay in the bale for next winter’s feed supply....

Winning at weeds

published: May 25th 2016 by: Adam Russell source: Texas Agrilife Today

It’s an annual battle to address range and pasture weeds, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Cool-season weeds have fully matured, and warm-season weeds are emerging amid wet spring conditions and creating problems for some forage producers, said Dr....

America Simmental Association Update...

published: May 20th 2016 by: Chip Kemp source: American Simbrah Breeders

The strength of any breed association’s genetic offering directly reflects the boldness and forward thinking of its breeders and membership.  Adapting to the demands of commercial producers and meeting their ever-changing needs are crucial to staying on the forefront of our industry....

Herbicide applications on mesquite, brush topic of May 5 webinar

published: May 2nd 2016 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Preparing for Mesquite and Mixed Brush Herbicide Applications will be the topic of a May 5 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit....

Adjust protocol to spray mesquite in arid country

published: April 22nd 2016 source: Dow

    LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO — (April 14, 2016) — The long-standing prescription for mesquite control can be adjusted to better fit New Mexico and the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, says a New Mexico rangeland expert....

Texans to plant 30,000 more acres of corn this year

published: April 6th 2016 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Texas is projected to see an increase of 300,000 acres of corn planted for 2016 following a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture expected plantings report, which confirmed a broad-scale increase in corn acreage across the nation....

Researcher studies the effects of cover crops on winter pasture

published: January 29th 2016

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Foundation re-searchers are studying how cover crops could be part of a year-round grazing system that provides economic and environmental benefits to farmers and ranchers....

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