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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.

Adding grazing to cover crops can benefit bottom line

published: December 29th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Growing dual-purpose wheat for both grazing and grain production is an important agricultural practice in the Southern Great Plains. But of late, more Texas Rolling Plains producers want to know if alternative systems to dual-purpose wheat, such as grazing cover crops, can bring additional value....

Cattle producers face decisions as drought intensifies

published: November 25th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Drought conditions and a drier-than-normal winter has put cattle producers in a common dilemma – try to preserve herd size with supplemental feed or cull to stretch limited forage resources for quality cows and calves, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Distinguishing what is good hay

published: October 15th 2020 by: Dr. Katie Mason source: University of Tennessee Animal Science Department

You may be familiar with the phrase, “if you don’t test, it’s just a guess.” This applies directly to hay quality. The only way to know the exact nutrient content of hay is to conduct a test....

Forage Testing Can Save Dollars

published: October 2nd 2020 by: Steve Niermeyer source: University of Nebraska Extension

As cow-calf producers strive to reduce feed costs by finding different avenues to increase grazing days, many still have to use harvested forages in their year-round feeding program.  Sampling and testing forages for quality can make designing a feeding program easy and economical....

Hay production workshop set for Oct. 8th

published: September 28th 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

Search this website The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the 2020 Central Texas Hay Production Workshop on Oct. 8 in Burnet. The event will run from 9 a....

Grain markets improve amid reduced crop estimate

published: September 17th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas grain producers are experiencing better market conditions this fall compared to where prices were mid-summer, thanks in large part to reduced U.S. corn yield estimates in the nation’s grain-producing states, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Main Street Data now forecasts national corn yield at 178.1.

published: September 8th 2020 source: Main Streeet Data

Using sophisticated weather-based modeling techniques that correlate to crop stage, Main Street Data forecasts a 2020 national yield of 178.1 Bu/A for corn. Despite setbacks from storms and a lack of rain, this yield forecast of 178....

Texas A&M research to examine mysteries of armyworms

published: September 4th 2020 by: Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife Today

A Texas A&M Univer-sity graduate student re-ceived a research grant to better identify, understand and ultimately mitigate fall armyworm populations in Texas and the central U.S.     Ashley Tessnow, a doctoral candidate in the Texas A&M College of Agricul-ture and Life Sciences Department of Entomolo-gy, said armyworms have long been a pest that agriculture producers throughout the central U....

AgriLife Extension launches online course in aquatic vegetation management

published: September 4th 2020 by: Carrie Baker source: Texas A&M Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has de-veloped an online course series for individuals needing assistance with identification and management of aquatic plants.     Landowners, farmers and ranchers with ponds or ‘tanks’ on their land can expect this online course series to provide them with simple, yet practical management solutions, said Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension program specialist-aquatic vegetation management in the De-partment of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management....

Hay-producing areas report below average season

published: September 2nd 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

A bevy of issues amounted to below-average yields for most hay producers in East and Central Texas, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceexperts Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said many hay producers missed out on multiple cuttings due to weather conditions or lower yields due to pasture conditions or pest infestations....

Drought increases rink of forage poisoning

published: August 11th 2020 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drought increases the chance of nitrate poisoning and prussic acid poisoning. High concentrations in plants and water can harm or even kill animals. High nitrate, mostly concentrated in grass stems, causes quick death, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Jill Scheidt....

Forage webinar aims to save ranchers money

published: July 22nd 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts will host a forage webinar Aug. 21 on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forages and/or planting cool-season pastures.   The three-part forage webinar begins at 9 a....

Supplementing to Stretch Pastures

published: July 15th 2020 by: Jeff Lehmkuler source: University of Kentucky Extension

  July152020 Drought continues to impact the high plains area stretching down to the panhandle of Texas. The dry conditions will continue to impact pastures potentially lowering beef cattle numbers at year’s end....

Find out about those vines on your fenceline in a webinar

published: July 1st 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Managing unwanted vines along fence lines will be the topic of a July 2 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Unit range webinar....

Online rangeland herbicide workshop June 30

published: June 18th 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present an online rangeland workshopon the Zoom platform on June 30 at 9 a.m. The cost is $10, and three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are available for participants with a pesticide applicators license, one in laws and regulations and two in integrated pest management....

Determine forage moisture content

published: June 12th 2020 by: Kerri Lehman source: Ohio State University Extension

Forage maturity/stage of development is often cited as the number one factor that determines forage quality, but for any stored forage, moisture content at harvest is a close second. Moisture content drives what happens to that forage after it is removed from the field, whether quality is maintained or degraded....

Online beef cattle, forage management program set for May 15

published: May 8th 2020 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

An online Beef Cattle and Forage Management program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on May 15. The program, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Atascosa, Bexar, Guadalupe and Wilson counties, will offer one general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit for attendees....

Texas A&M ready to begin hemp variety trials

published: April 30th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife will be planting hemp variety trials for the first time this spring, with a goal to provide producers, hemp seed companies and the larger hemp industry with a reliable, independent scientific assessment of hemp varietal performance in Texas....

Now is time to mitigate the risk of grass tetany

published: April 17th 2020 by: Adele Harty source: Igrow

The warmer spring temperatures have been a welcome reprieve. With warmer temperatures and significant soil moisture in places, ranchers need to be proactive in mitigating grass tetany risk. Cool season grasses are beginning to green up, posing a risk for cows with young calves....

Wheat acres up slightly amid good growing conditions

published: March 26th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Wheat acres in Texas were up and facing little to no threat from pests or disease in grazing and grain fields, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists.  Jourdan Bell, Ph....

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