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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.

To till or not to till

published: January 3rd 2020 source: Texas AgriLife

Farmers are aware of the benefits of soil health. However, the difficulty in quantifying soil health, diminishing availability of land that results in higher land prices, the time necessary to improve soil health, and the need to turn a profit often discourage farmers from adopting soil health promoting practices....

Reducing hay storage and feeding losses

published: December 19th 2019 by: Jessica A. Williamson

Storage losses of uncovered hay can be upwards of 30%! On most livestock operations, the greatest operational cost is stored and harvested feed, so it only makes sense that striving to reduce storage and feeding losses of harvested feeds as much as possible can help improve forage quality, quantity, and overall profitability of an operation....

Net wrap needs to be removed

published: December 12th 2019 source: Igrow

Producers should remove net wrap before feeding forages to their livestock. Cattle may eat the net wrap if it’s not removed and eating excessive amounts of net wrap can result in livestock illness and deaths....

Reducing pasture damage during winter feeding

published: November 26th 2019 by: Jessica A. Williamson source: The Ohio State University Extension

  There is not a “one size fits all” answer to reducing pasture damage during winter feeding. Each individual producer should analyze his or her operation and determine if there are small steps that they can take to reduce the damage incurred annually while feeding in the winter....

Corn Stalks Provide Another Grazing Option

published: November 20th 2019 by: Rory Lewandowski source: The Ohio State University Extension

  November202019 Over the past several weeks, a considerable amount of corn has been harvested for grain. The corn stalk residue or fodder that remains offers another grazing opportunity for beef cattle or sheep....

Hay storage impacts quality and quantity

published: November 13th 2019 by: David Dugan source: The Ohio State University Extension

With the calendar turning to November, and the temperatures dropping below freezing several mornings now, the time to feed hay is near, if not already here. Several have been feeding hay due to the pasture situation following a dry September that included several 90 degree plus days that zapped much of the grass....

Texas forage producers should beware of fall armyworms

published: September 6th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Texas hay and forage producers should be prepared to protect their pastures from fall armyworms, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. In large numbers, fall armyworms can be devastating to hayfields and pastures due to their appetite for green grass crops....

Natural resources webinar to focus on introduced, native grasses on Sept. 5

published: September 3rd 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Selection and Management of Introduced and Native Grasses will be the topic of the Sept. 5 natural resources webinar hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit....

Texas A&M AgriLife sorghum breeding program finds new West Texas home

published: August 23rd 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

AMARILLO – The longtime tradition of Texas A&M AgriLife having a sorghum breeding program in West Texas will continue, just in a new location, said Bill Rooney, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder, College Station....

New research helps hay producers manage Bermuda grass stem maggot

published: August 1st 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – A relatively new pest – the Bermuda grass stem maggot – is plaguing Texas hay producers this season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts....

AgriLife forage specialist warns of possible post-Tropical Storm Barry armyworm outbreak

published: July 15th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Fall armyworms could follow rainfall delivered by Tropical Storm Barry, warns a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.   Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents in a few Central and East Texas counties have reported armyworm activity in hayfields and pastures over the past few weeks....

Take control of prickly pear

published: July 15th 2019 by: Caitlin Richards source: Southern Livestock Special Edition

  Blooming prickly pear along highways and country roads paint a pretty picture, unless, they are within your fence line and scattered throughout your property. Especially if it is a grazing pasture, prickly pear is not a sight producers want to see....

Research shows late-planted sorghum, other crops good alternatives to failed cotton

published: June 17th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

AMARILLO – The window for planting cotton may have been closed by too much rain, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist said past trials show producers could still benefit from all the moisture with dryland grain sorghum or corn or other alternative crops....

AgriLife Expert: Lower feed bills by stockpiling, planting small grains crops

published: May 30th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  FRANKLIN — Stockpiling forages and feeding small grains crops year-round can help cattle producers offset the higher costs of hay.  Texas thistle was one of the weeds identified on a walking tour at the Butler Forage Field Day held at Camp Cooley Ranch near Franklin....

Prescribed Burn Manager Training will be held in Fredericksburg May 29-31

published: May 3rd 2019 by: Susan Himes

By Susan Himes    FREDERICKSBURG--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Pres-cribed Burn Manager Training will be held May 29-31 in Fredericksburg.     The training will be at the AgriLife Extension office for Gillespie County, 95 Frederick Road....

Current Texas Weather and Crop Report

published: April 16th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Texas wheat fields look good, but the next few months will determine yield outcomes, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.   Wheat growers around the state faced difficulty with fall planting due to incessant rain or had to wait for rain....

Stretching limited hay supplies

published: March 15th 2019 by: Dr. Joe Paschal source: Texas A&M University Extension

It seems counterintuitive that you might need to consider a strategy to stretch your hay supply this winter considering all the moisture we have had recently, but a lot of hay was fed early this past summer and not much made since then....

High nitrate in hay causes cow deaths

published: February 22nd 2019 by: Tim J. Evans source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – On top of dealing with harsh winter weather in feeding cows, cattle farmers must guard against too much nitrate in poor-quality hay. “Just from cases we’ve confirmed, I know of 150 cows dying in the last month,” says Tim Evans, head toxicologist at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory....

Are your pastures poisonous?

published: January 15th 2019 by: Dr. Dennis Hancock source: University of Georgia

What would you do if you found out that there was a poison hiding somewhere in your pastures? What would you do if you found out that it was lowering your weaning weights by 60-90 lbs/head or reducing gains on your stockers by 40%? What if I told you that this poison caused you to have a 60-70% calf crop instead of a 90%+ calf crop? What would you do if you found out this toxin was causing your cows to spend about 20% less time grazing, drink 25% more water, lose up to 2 points of body condition, and produce about 25% less milk for their calves? You know what you’d do....

Expert: Few options to salvage late-season hay amid wet weather

published: November 19th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Warm-season grasses are plentiful in hay producing areas, but the rain that helped improve growing conditions following an extended period of drought is hurting their chances for more round bales, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

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