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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.

Texas hay season looks bleak

published: June 23rd 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

The 2022 Texas hay production outlook appears in doubt due to high fertilizer prices and widespread drought, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Joe Paschal, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi, and Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph....

Sorghum producers see fewer issues with sugarcane aphids

published: June 15th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas sorghum producers, science and Mother Nature continue to keep damaging numbers of sugarcane aphids at bay, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Grain sorghum in South Texas is at or nearing harvest and avoided yield damages by sugarcane aphids....

Winter wheat, oat program set May 5 in Thrall

published: April 25th 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Winter Cereals Field Day will take place May 5 at the Stiles Farm Foundation Headquarters, 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, Thrall. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event will run from 9 a....

Hessian fly infestations hit Texas wheat

published: April 14th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Hessian fly infestations appear to be a widespread issue for wheat producers in parts of Central Texas and the Blacklands region this year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts....

Are urea fertilizer additives worth the cost for forages?

published: April 7th 2022 by: Mary Hightower source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK — The record high costs of fertilizer are prompting hay and forage growers to look at all their options, including whether to use urea or ammonium nitrate and whether a urea additive will help....

Potential potash, phosphate shortage latest ingredient to ‘perfect storm’ for growers, economists, soil experts say

published: March 15th 2022 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

    LITTLE ROCK — A potential halt to rail traffic in Canada could further hinder spring planting in North America if a labor dispute is not resolved. Earlier this month, a majority of workers with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd....

Hay production and prices

published: January 21st 2022 by: James Mitchell, livestock marketing spec source: Univeristy of Arkansas

Last week USDA-NASS published their 2021 Crop Production Summary. The report includes information about U.S. hay production and December 1 hay stocks. USDA splits hay data into two categories, alfalfa and all other hay....

As winter frosts arrive, pasture managers should monitor for toxicity

published: November 11th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK — As the days grow shorter and overnight low temperatures begin dwelling beneath the freezing point, frost across the state is becoming a reality for Arkansas residents. For ranchers and pasture managers, this can mean more than a chilly inconvenience....

Fertilizer prices continue record climb

published: November 10th 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Mark Welch, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension grain market economist, Bryan-College Station, said producers may feel sticker shock when pricing nitrogen fertilizer, but higher prices for crops like wheat and corn put those input costs in perspective....

Uncertain nitrogen prices, supplies may affect application timing

published: November 2nd 2021 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rising nitrogen prices, uncertain spring supplies and unseasonably high temperatures may push farmers to apply nitrogen outside of their normal application windows, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory....

Calibrating sprayers, simply

published: October 29th 2021 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee

November and December are good months to control most of the cool-season weeds found in our pastures and hayfields.  Not only is the ground less muddy compared to spring, but weeds are growing and sensitive to herbicides during the fall and early winter....

Management of native grasses doesn’t stop during winter

published: October 18th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For all things, there is a season. For a few things — managing native perennial warm season grasses, for example — there’s every season. Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said pasture managers should be honest with themselves: the work to preserve and support those grasses doesn’t go into hibernation mode once the grazing season is done....

Testing of hay and pastures key to offsetting high feed grain prices

published: September 13th 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

High feed grain prices have been an area of concern for livestock producers this year, leading many to look for more cost-effective alternatives to meet the nutritional needs of their cattle during fall and winter months....

Forage basics: from the pasture to your phone

published: September 9th 2021 source: Alabama Extension

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— From the minds that brought you Beef Basics comes another ground-breaking online learning opportunity. Forage Basics, the newest online course from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, serves as a valuable new tool for livestock and forage producers....

Plan ahead for fall management of pastures

published: September 8th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With autumn just around the corner, ranchers and pasture managers should consider a few actions that can extend the grazing season, making the best of the available forage base until next spring....

Potash pays off

published: August 23rd 2021 by: Pat Miller source: University of Missouri Extension

NEVADA, Mo. – Potash prices have risen about 75% in the past year, according to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service data. This has prompted many producers to cut back on applications. But that could be a mistake....

Animal scientist investigates effects of grazing toxic fescue during gestation

published: August 10th 2021 by: Fred Miller source: University of Arkansas Extension

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A researcher at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is investigating a feed additive that might mitigate endophyte toxicosis in pregnant cows grazing infected fescue pastures....

Fall armyworms on the march across Texas

published: July 23rd 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Cooler temperatures and widespread rain events across Texas have forage and crop producers scrambling to fight armyworms, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph....

Producers may benefit from CRP Grasslands signup

published: July 22nd 2021 by: Don Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

Agricultural producers could benefit from enrollment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands with improved pasture management and operations. Producers can apply through Aug....

Corn acreage, weather and futures markets

published: July 7th 2021 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University Department of Ag Economics

USDA released the annual Acreage report last week. The report showed estimates of 92.7 million acres of corn in the U.S. This would be about 2 percent higher than in 2020 and is 1.6 million acres more than USDA estimates of Prospective Plantings back in March....

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