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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.

Changing Pastures? Beware Of Last Season’s Parasite Infestation

published: April 17th 2014 source: Merial

DULUTH, Ga. — April 16, 2014 — It’s a common misconception among producers that a rotational grazing strategy helps provide protection from parasite infections. But nothing could be further from the truth according to Joe Dedrickson, DVM, Ph....

Save Good Hay For Cows After Calving

published: March 10th 2014 source: Hay & Forage Grower

Feed beef cows well after calving. If they’re underfed, their calves' growth will be slow and rebreeding will be delayed, warns Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist....

Quick Spring Forage Crops

published: February 27th 2014 by: John Jennings, professor source: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Spring oats (not winter oats) may provide a fairly quick spring forage crop. Other forage management options to improve spring pastures include improved grazing, fertility management, weed control, and deferred grazing to allow other winter-damaged fields to recover....

New 2014 Farm Bill Legislation Discussed At Blackland Income Growth Conference

published: February 23rd 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife

WACO – It’s decision time for farmers under the new 2014 farm bill, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist who discussed details at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco....

Texas Crop, Weather

published: February 21st 2014 source: Agri-Life Extension Service

Moisture conditions continue to decline in state. COLLEGE STATION – State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said there’s a chance that an El Niño might develop later this year, but even if it does, its effects will not be in time to offset another dry, hot summer....

Scouting for freeze injury to bermudagrass forage

published: February 7th 2014 by: John Jennings source: Extension Forages with Univesity of Arkansas

It has been some time since winter temperatures were cold enough to cause concern for injury to bermudagrass pastures and hay fields, but this winter’s weather is in that category. Cold injury to bermudagrass is hard to predict because soil moisture and snow cover interact with temperature to increase or reduce cold injury....

Consider The Value Of Hay As Fertilizer

published: February 4th 2014 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

This time of year, many producers are feeding cows hay. Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow? Mature cows should excrete 100% of the nutrients they consume in terms of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium....

Soil Tips To Improve Forages

published: December 17th 2013 source: Noble Foundation

Most beef producers view healthy cattle and healthy forages as the building blocks of a successful business. But don’t forget the entire process begins with the soil, advises Chad Ellis, pasture and range consultant with the Noble Foundation....

Improving forage, livestock production begins with the soil

published: November 29th 2013

ARDMORE, Oklaho-ma - Many ranchers view livestock as their base crop. Other ranchers view grass as their foundational crop from which the cattle grow. While healthy cattle depend on healthy forages, the entire process begins with the soil, according to Chad Ellis, Noble Foun-dation pasture and range consultant....

Tips To Minimize Storage Loss In Large Round Bales

published: November 22nd 2013 source: K State Extension

GARDEN CITY, KAN. – With the high price of hay in recent years, producers should do everything they can to protect their investment. One thing producers should look at in particular is their method of storing large round bales, said Doo-Hong Min, K-State Research and Extension crops and soils specialist....

Testing For Forage Nitrates

published: October 4th 2013 by: Brent Plugge source: University of Nebraska Extension

High nitrates could be a problem for cattle producers planning to feed or graze annual forages, thus testing for nitrates is recommended. When reading a nitrate analysis report, producers should look at how the nitrate levels are expressed....

USDA NRCS Report Shows Positive Impacts Of Farmers’ Conservation Efforts

published: August 29th 2013 source: KTIC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service released a report this week that shows farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields through voluntary conservation work in the lower Mississippi River basin....

Texas Grasses Struggling Due To Drought And Freeze

published: May 1st 2013 by: Robert Burns source: Texas AgriLife

COLLEGE STATION – Much of the state’s warm-season grass pastures have yet to recover from damage suffered during the 2011 drought, said a Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service forage expert....

Grazing Leases Need A Disaster Clause

published: April 30th 2013 source: KTIC

With on-going drought conditions, beef producers will face crucial management decisions this year. Landowners and leasee should consider how they will balance the forage demanded by the animals with the amount of forage grown for proper grazing management....

Winter Wheat Damaged By Recent Frosts

published: March 28th 2013 by: Robert Burns source: Texas AgriLife

A large part of the Texas winter wheat crop could have been damaged by hard freezes March 24-26, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “Temperatures in the teens and low 20s appear to have been common in the Panhandle, and in the upper 20s and low 30s in the Blacklands on Sunday night and Monday morning,” said Dr....

Brazil In Position To Pass US As Soybean Producer

published: March 18th 2013 source: KTIC

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP)--An Iowa State University expert says long-term trends and recent weather patterns have put Brazil in a position to overtake the United States as the world's leading producer of soybeans....

Water improvement opportunities during drought

published: March 8th 2013 by: Herschel George, Will Boyer, Jeff Davids

With every storm that blows through, we hope it brings precipitation to fill the soil  profile and the ponds. But no. . .not yet.  Maybe it is like the old adage of “a watched pot never boils”....

Pasture And Livestock Management School Set For Overton

published: February 9th 2013 by: Robert Burns source: Texas AgriLife

OVERTON – Even though parts of Texas have had relief from the drought, grain and fertilizer prices remain high, which makes efficient pasture management as critical as ever to livestock producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist....

Cutting hay expense

published: January 25th 2013

Purposely not feeding hay to mid-to-late-lactation beef cows on alternate days – and offering dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) in its place on those days – can safely save producers up to 25% of their forage inventories....

Irrigation management, technology help producers survive drought

published: January 25th 2013

AMARILLO – Two years of drought have forced adoption of new technology and management practices in crop irrigation, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo....

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