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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.

Buyer beware: Scams, drought and other factors affecting hay sales this year

published: November 28th 2022 by: Gail Ellis source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Livestock owners who plan to purchase hay over the next few months need to make careful and informed decisions to protect their animals, especially when purchasing hay from out of their area. Buyers should be aware that the drought has significantly impacted forage quality this year....

Estimating how long the hay supply will last

published: November 15th 2022 by: Jason Warner source: Kansas State University

The question recently proposed to an Extension professional by a local producer was: “I have 60 head of mature cows and 600 large round bales of hay on hand. If I start feeding harvested forage today, do I have enough forage to make it through the winter?”  This is an actual scenario and a real concern for many this year due to the reduction in forage supplies due to drought....

Flexible stocking rate options for drought management

published: October 31st 2022 by: Ryan Benjamin source: University of Nebraska Extension

It is often recommended that ranchers stock at a moderate stocking rate to avoid overgrazing and to manage for dry conditions. However, during severe multiyear droughts, even moderately stocked rangelands become overstocked, and managers are forced to sell breeding stock to adapt....

Texas Tech to lead sorghum project

published: October 11th 2022 source: Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is taking the lead in one of the largest projects ever funded by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP).    Krishna Jagadish, a professor and the Thornton Distinguished Chair in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, received $1....

Texas ranchers, forage producers battling fall armyworms

published: September 29th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

An increasing number of battles against fall armyworms are being reported around the state, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceexperts are recommending forage producers be prepared to fight infestations....

Sept. 28 webinar highlights current market, importance of carbon contracts

published: September 27th 2022 by: Drew Viguet source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When companies approach farmers with contracts to sequester carbon in the soil, it is critical that farmers know exactly what they are agreeing to before signing, according to Stephen Carpenter, deputy director of the Farmer’s Legal Action Group, Inc....

Pesticide recordkeeping, complaints webinar set Oct. 6

published: September 23rd 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the webinar “Pesticide Recordkeeping and Complaints” on Oct. 6 as part of its ongoing Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, RWFM, Stewardship Series The event will run from noon to 1 p....

Strategies for drought management on pastures

published: September 16th 2022 source: Texas AgriLife Today

During a drought, little can be done to increase forage pasture growth. Proper management, however, can minimize impacts when drought does occur, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist and Texas A&M AgriLife Research agronomist....

Feral Hog Control Workshops offered around Texas

published: September 9th 2022 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

A  group of state agencies is working together to host multiple workshops around the state to help landowners address the issues that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and the health of humans and animals....

Beef and forage field day set Sept. 16 in Livingston

published: September 6th 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold the Beef and Forage Field Day and Workshop on Sept. 16 in Livingston. Onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the program from 8:30 a....

Drift Management: Wind, Weather, and Whether or Not to Spray webinar set Sept. 1

published: August 22nd 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the webinar “Drift Management: Wind, Weather, and Whether or Not to Spray” on Sept. 1 as part of its ongoing Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, RWFM, Stewardship Series....

Grazingland Animal Nutrition Laboratory relocates to Texas A&M campus

published: August 16th 2022 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

To better utilize technology and cross-discipline expertise in servicing the needs of ranchers across Texas, the Grazingland Animal Nutrition, GAN, Laboratory is relocating from Temple to the main campus of Texas A&M University in Bryan-College Station....

Beef cattle series to cover pasture management on Aug. 25 in San Antonio

published: August 12th 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 2022 Bexar County Beef Cattle Series continues Aug. 25 in San Antonio with a discussion focused on pasture management and understanding forage and soil testing....

Poor hay crop requires a sustainable winter plan

published: August 10th 2022 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

\ The drought has made it difficult for ranchers to stockpile hay for the winter season ahead. Hay yields are much lower in 2022 than they were last year, and in areas of the state with the worst drought, hay season is non-existent....

Considerations for soil health in pastures

published: August 3rd 2022 source: Feedlot

Soil health is one of the hot topics in agriculture. I continue to receive an increasing number of questions and get involved in more conversations involving “soil health” and “regenerative agriculture”....

Heat wave deepens Texas drought

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  A heat wave across the state is exacerbating the extreme drought conditions plaguing Texas agriculture.   Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents and regional specialists around the state have reported a wide range of issues related to triple-digit temperatures and worsening conditions for livestock and crop producers....

Stockpiled forage and winter pasture online learning event set Aug. 26

published: July 21st 2022 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

An online learning event, “Reduce Winter Feeding with Stockpiled Forage and Winter Pasture,” will be held Aug. 26.   The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event will discuss how to significantly reduce hay feeding needs....

10 tips for managing high feed prices

published: July 11th 2022 by: Dr. Katie VanValin source: University of Kentucky

We have all heard the phrase, “it’s the little things”. The saying applies to the beef industry as well. There is no single management practice, feed ration, or genetic trait that drives profitability....

High temperatures take toll on Texas crops

published: July 8th 2022 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  The high temperatures crops experienced over recent weeks across much of the state could translate into lower yields for producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.   Lee Tarpley, Ph....

Hay crop looks bleak

published: July 8th 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....

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