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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.

Grazing After The Growing

published: September 4th 2014 by: Roger Gates source: IGrow

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? Grazing is generally the least expensive way to harvest available feed, so the opportunity to expand the harvest of this year’s abundant supply is worth considering....

Preventative Strategies To Keep From Overgrazing

published: August 22nd 2014 by: Jesse Bussard source: Gallagher USA

Overgrazing is grazing a plant before it has recovered from a previous grazing.Overgrazing can be damaging, not only to the natural balance of grazing lands, but to producers' bottom lines, as well. To avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved....

Neches white clover released

published: August 15th 2014 by: Robert Burns source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service

OVERTON — Texas A&M AgriLife Research has released a new white clover, named Neches after the Texas river, that promises higher yields and much earlier flowering and seed production than any heretofore variety adapted to East Texas and the southeastern U....

Beef Producers Can Copy Dairy Feeding Practices To More Precisely Meet The Nutrient Requirements Of The Herd.

published: July 28th 2014 by: Frank Wardynski source: Michigan State University Extension

Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that....

Tips For Safe Hay Baling

published: June 27th 2014 source: The Ohio State University Extension

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As growers statewide finish their first cutting of hay crops, now is a good time to do preventative maintenance tasks that can boost farm profits and protect farm workers, says a safety research associate and lecturer from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences....

Bale Wrap Information

published: June 11th 2014 source: thebeefsite.com

Cattle prefer hay wrapped in breathable film over net-wrapped, according to a study in The Professional Animal Scientist. Three different methods of wrapping and storing alfalfa hay in round bales were used to explore possible differences in preferential consumption....

Hastening Hay Dry-Down

published: June 10th 2014 by: Bruce Anderson, forage specialist source: University of Nebraska

Haying season is just about upon us. Weather reports soon will be the most important news of the day. Fortunately, there are ways to hasten hay dry-down to beat the weather. Does it seem to you that this spring has been cloudier than most springs? Now maybe you’re wondering why I’m talking about clouds when this article is about hay dry-down....

Prescribed Burning Seminar Set

published: May 30th 2014 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — Prescribed burning is an effective technique to reduce fuel build up that contributes to wildfire, reduces eastern red cedar pollen and is a critical aspect of land resource management, but it must be used in a safe and proper manner....

Effects Of Pasture Stocking Rate And Method On Cow-Calf Production Cattle

published: May 28th 2014 by: Wayne E. Wyatt, Jeffrey M. Gillespie, Br source: Louisiana State University

Most Louisiana beef producers use the cow-calf system of management in which they maintain breeding herds and produce calves marketed at weaning or shortly thereafter. The systems are forage-based, so pasture management is extremely important....

Picking Summer Forages

published: May 21st 2014 by: Dennis Hancock, Forage Extension Special source: University of Georgia

Summer annual grasses are important forage crops in the Southeast. They have a significant fit in our forage systems to fill in the summer forage gap in the Fescue Belt and as an emergency forage crop for dry summers or bare ground....

Helpful tips reduce risk of pesticide drift

published: May 2nd 2014 by: James Locke source: Noble Foundation

As long as pesticides have been used, off-target spray drift has been a potential problem. As we move into the busiest time of year for pesticide applications, it is a good time for a brief review of the primary types of pesticide drift and some tips on how to minimize them....

Better genetic markers developed for wheat streak mosaic virus resistance

published: May 2nd 2014

AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Research is developing genetic diagnostic markers to identify wheat streak mosaic virus resistance, providing wheat breeders a new tool in breeding wheat varieties resistant to one of the region’s most prevalent diseases....

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....

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