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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.

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....

Noble Develops New Small Grains

published: January 2nd 2015 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation forage breeding program continues the rich legacy of forage development that started more than 60 years ago with the release of new varieties....

New Initiative Aims To Provide Year-Round Grazing System

published: October 14th 2014 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — For generations, ranchers in the Southern Great Plains have fed their cattle the same way. During the spring and summer months, cattle graze on a sea of open pastures across the prairie, then in the fall fields begin to go dormant and ranchers typically substitute hay in place of grazing....

Texas A&M expert says cloud seeding results tend to be very disappointing

published: September 18th 2014

With much of Texas still in a severe drought, some Texas cities such as Wichita Falls are resorting to cloud-seeding efforts in hopes of getting more rain.  But cloud seeding has had mixed results at best, says a Texas A&M University atmospheric sciences professor who has studied the process for many years....

Grazing After The Growing

published: September 4th 2014 by: Roger Gates source: IGrow

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? Grazing is generally the least expensive way to harvest available feed, so the opportunity to expand the harvest of this year’s abundant supply is worth considering....

Preventative Strategies To Keep From Overgrazing

published: August 22nd 2014 by: Jesse Bussard source: Gallagher USA

Overgrazing is grazing a plant before it has recovered from a previous grazing.Overgrazing can be damaging, not only to the natural balance of grazing lands, but to producers' bottom lines, as well. To avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved....

Neches white clover released

published: August 15th 2014 by: Robert Burns source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service

OVERTON — Texas A&M AgriLife Research has released a new white clover, named Neches after the Texas river, that promises higher yields and much earlier flowering and seed production than any heretofore variety adapted to East Texas and the southeastern U....

Beef Producers Can Copy Dairy Feeding Practices To More Precisely Meet The Nutrient Requirements Of The Herd.

published: July 28th 2014 by: Frank Wardynski source: Michigan State University Extension

Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that....

Tips For Safe Hay Baling

published: June 27th 2014 source: The Ohio State University Extension

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As growers statewide finish their first cutting of hay crops, now is a good time to do preventative maintenance tasks that can boost farm profits and protect farm workers, says a safety research associate and lecturer from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences....

Bale Wrap Information

published: June 11th 2014 source: thebeefsite.com

Cattle prefer hay wrapped in breathable film over net-wrapped, according to a study in The Professional Animal Scientist. Three different methods of wrapping and storing alfalfa hay in round bales were used to explore possible differences in preferential consumption....

Hastening Hay Dry-Down

published: June 10th 2014 by: Bruce Anderson, forage specialist source: University of Nebraska

Haying season is just about upon us. Weather reports soon will be the most important news of the day. Fortunately, there are ways to hasten hay dry-down to beat the weather. Does it seem to you that this spring has been cloudier than most springs? Now maybe you’re wondering why I’m talking about clouds when this article is about hay dry-down....

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