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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.

NRCS accepting drought assistance applications for 128 Texas counties

published: August 1st 2018

TEMPLE, Texas, July 31, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting drought assistance applications from farmers and ranchers impacted by ongoing drought conditions in 128 of Texas’ 254 counties....

Forage Management Workshop set Aug. 30 in San Antonio

published: July 20th 2018 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

  SAN ANTONIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present its Forage Management Workshop Aug. 30 at its office in Bexar County. The workshop will be from 9 a....

Grazing Workshop to Feature Cover Crop Integration

published: July 19th 2018 source: Noble Research Institute

ARDMORE, Okla. — Pasture management can be a challenge for landowners and agricultural producers, especially considering the complex environmental conditions found in the Southern Great Plains....

Texas Crop and Weather Report July 3

published: July 5th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Dry conditions continue to persist in much of the state as this summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, according to the Texas state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station, said parts of the state received rains that improved moisture levels while other areas continued to experience dry, hot weather....

Texas Crop and Weather Report-June 26

published: June 29th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – The Texas pecan crop looks heavy, and amid good growing conditions and few disease and pest problems, growers are being urged to thin the crop later this summer to avoid a harvest of poor-quality nuts, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Yaupon presents problems for range pasture management

published: June 27th 2018 by: Blair Fannin

  FRANKLIN – Yaupon, yaupon and more yaupon. The war for ranchers against this perennial seems to never be over, but there are viable control measures, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts, speaking at the recent O....

AgriLife Extension expert talks Bermuda grass 101

published: May 29th 2018 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Not all Bermuda grasses are created equal, but varieties are often confused as their own separate species, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Texas A&M, USDA research aimed at nitrite poisoning leads to methane mitigation

published: May 23rd 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Two government researchers and a college graduate student aiming at one issue in the cattle industry are finding they can address two issues – nitrite poisoning and methane emissions – with an animal probiotic they are developing....

Analzying forage production

published: March 26th 2018 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee Extension

Spring is here, and pastures across our state will begin to grow quickly over the next few weeks.  A lot of producers have gone to meetings, read articles, and looked online for practices to make their pastures more productive and require less effort....

Add nitrogen to pastures with clovers

published: January 5th 2018 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee Extension

One of the most important practices that any forage producer can incorporate into their program is adding legumes to grass pastures and hayfields.  Even though there are several benefits to planting clovers, the main one most people think of is the nitrogen that is added by the legume....

Remove Net Wrap and Twine

published: December 4th 2017 by: Bruce Anderson source: Nebraska Extension

Is twine or net wrap good feed? Obviously not, but it can cause health problems if animals eat too much of it. Feeding hay is work. To lighten the work load feeding hay, we often take short cuts and leave some twine or net wrap on the bales....

Farmers “Keep the Stubble” during No-Till November

published: November 10th 2017 source: NRCS

TEMPLE, Texas, (Nov. 9, 2017) --The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners encourage farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested cropland fields and improve soil health during a special month long “No-Till November” campaign....

Conditions prime for leaf spot in Bermuda grass

published: October 6th 2017

OVERTON – Humid conditions and excess forage in East Texas have created a prime environment for leaf spot in Bermuda grass hay fields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

RNA discovery could help boost plant drought, salt tolerance

published: October 6th 2017

DALLAS — Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt. The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr....

Winter forages can reduce costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, experts say

published: September 22nd 2017

OVERTON – Planting successful winter forage pastures can reduce supplemental feed costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Dr....

Avoid mistakes to maximize fall food plots for white-tailed deer

published: August 21st 2017 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – Avoiding common mistakes when planning and planting a food plot for deer and other wildlife can mean the difference between failure and success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Online tool could help predict forage, other conditions for cattle producers

published: August 14th 2017 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

A crystal ball to see into the future may be every agricultural producers’ dream, and two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are integrating a tool to give cattle producers a 90-day glimpse....

Texas A&M AgriLife releases High Plains wheat ‘Top Picks’ list

published: August 11th 2017 by: Kay Ledbetter

AMARILLO – Each year, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research jointly provide wheat producers across the High Plains their “Top Picks” list for varieties with the highest potential before planting time....

Protein Supplementation and Forage Intake

published: August 4th 2017 by: Jay Jenkins source: Nebraska Extension

  Let’s take a quick review of ruminant physiology.  Based on how many times I’ve heard someone say they are feeding supplement to “stretch the grass,” I think there are some misconceptions about what is happening when you supplement protein....

Grass and hay production simply stated

published: June 29th 2017 by: By Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Fo

Even though winter feeding has the greatest costs associated with keeping livestock, some hay feeding is inevitable even for the most cost-efficient livestock producers. Several hay management options are available that can reduce the associated costs of extended hay feeding during the winter....

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