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The Right Growing Environment Makes All the Difference

By   5 days ago

My effort to grow popcorn this year in Tucson, Arizona has reinforced an important lesson about the importance of the right growing environment. The corn in these two pots was planted on the same day, and have gotten the same amount of water. But the corn on the right was planted in brand new potting […]

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We’ve Raised $1,500 of the $15,000 We Need This Year to Keep On Pasture Going

By   2 weeks ago

We started our Spring Fund drive on March 21, On Pasture’s 4th Birthday. If you’ve already responded to our request for support, thank you very much! We really appreciate you stepping up to help! If you haven’t had a chance to visit our support page and send some help, here’s why we’re asking: On Pasture […]

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Farmers and Writers Have It Made!

By   3 weeks ago

The first thing we did when On Pasture was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant to cover expenses was to send a gift to those authors who have supported On Pasture with lots of great articles and information. Like us, they did it for free for four years, and since we had a little funding now, […]

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Send Your Support to Help Meet the On Pasture Grant Match

By   4 weeks ago

On Pasture is funded for the near future thanks to a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. But we only get the money if we can provide $15,000 in cash match every year for the life of the grant. So twice a year (in the spring for On Pasture’s birthday and in […]

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You’re Invited to On Pasture’s Birthday Party!

By   1 month ago

On Pasture is 4 today! The very first issue of On Pasture went out on March 21, 2013. On Pasture has been there for you every week since. And look how On Pasture has grown! There are now 1,428 articles in the archives, and you are part of a group that is 90,000 strong – that’s […]

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The Worm Moon Has Risen

By   1 month ago

We’ve made it to the Ides of March once more in our revolution around the sun. In the Algonquin tradition this time of year is known for the “Worm Moon” because it marks the time of year when the earth begins to soften and earthworms begin to emerge to get back to work, donating their […]

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Why We Farm

By   2 months ago

Kathy’s ahead of most of the rest of us in the seasons. In Tucson spring has sprung, she can go outside in shorts and a t-shirt, the birds are singing and everything is saying “GROW! GROW! GROW!”  The middle On Pasture kid over in the northeast has been wearing shorts all winter, and he did again this morning, […]

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Spring Is Coming Early This Year

By   2 months ago

After 3 years of only minimal gardening here in Arizona (tomatoes and basil in pots was the extent of it) I’ve decided that I can’t live without growing something other than cactus. So this past weekend I headed over to Native Seed Search to get some instruction in desert gardening and pick up some seed […]

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    Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

    By   5 days ago

    “Pasture lease rates” is one of the searches we see most often at On Pasture. We’ve published a lot of articles on how to determine rental rates and how to write up a lease agreement, etc. (just click to see them) but I’m guessing that many of you would still like to see a number […]

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    Calving On The Move With Mob Grazing

    By   2 weeks ago

    When the spring flush of grass kicks off with pastures exploding in growth, it can be difficult to keep up with new growth. Then you add in calving in the mob with frequent spring moves and things can get out of hand in a hurry. The last thing you want to do for the grass […]

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    Post-Fire Management on Eastern Colorado Rangelands

    By   3 weeks ago

    Some areas of the country have already seen range fires. With a hot summer on the way, here’s what successful post-fire management looks like.

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    Spring Management After Mud Season

    By   4 weeks ago

    Last week Greg Judy talked about getting through mud season. This week he describes his management for the rest of the spring that sets him up for year-round grazing.

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    Set Up For Year Long Grazing in the Spring – In Spite of Mud Season

    By   1 month ago

    Greg Judy has great tips for getting through mud season so that your cattle are well-fed and your pastures are healthy and ready for the summer.

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    Wait! Grazing Too Early Is Harmful to Your Pasture’s Health

    By   1 month ago

    You and your livestock might be itching to start grazing. Victor Shelton tells us why it’s not a good idea to start too early, and what you can do in the meantime to scratch that itch without causing problems for yourself.

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    Pasture Walk at the Judy Farm

    By   2 months ago

    Sometimes the best way to learn something new is to visit another farmer or rancher to see how they do things. With that in mind, Greg Judy sent us this video so that you can take a virtual visit to his farm in Missouri. It shows him moving his cattle from one pasture to the […]

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    New Mexico Ranch Recovers During Drought With Rotational Grazing

    By   2 months ago

    When Nancy Ranney and her siblings took over the family ranch in 2002, they decided to try something different: Planned rotational grazing. Instead of 19 pastures grazed year-round by 18 herds, they put all the cattle in one herd and split the ranch into 31 pastures. As Nancy says, “By moving them across the landscape […]

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      Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

      By   5 days ago

      This story comes to us from Will Cushman at the Soil Science Society of America. Thanks, Will! It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new Nebraska study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to […]

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      Success of Reed Canary Grass Seedings With and Without Companion Crops

      By   2 weeks ago

      Dan Hudson has been running test plots to share information on establishment of reed canary grass with and without companion or nurse crops. His results, shown in this video of his plots one year after planting, can give you some idea of what to expect in your own pastures and plantings and how these kinds […]

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      Autumn Olive – Friend or Foe?

      By   3 weeks ago

      Here’s how Greg Judy manages Autumn Olive in his pastures to take advantage of it for nitrogen fixation and soil building as well as forage. Check the map in the article to see if it’s in your area, and if not, consider these techniques for managing other brushy species.

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      I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

      By   4 weeks ago

      The 2012 drought hit Troy Bishopp hard. So when 2016 rolled around showing all the same signs, he got to work on his drought plan. Here’s what he did that made him miss the drought party of 2016.

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      Want Good Soil? Feed the Microbes

      By   1 month ago

      In June of 2014, Grist reporter Nathanael Johnson reported on a battle between two men in New South Wales Australia. Clive Kirkby and John Kirkegaard were having it out over the proper handling of crop residues after harvest. Kirkby was trying to get farmers to stop torching wheat stubble. Rather than letting fire release all […]

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      Maintaining Sagebrush-Covered Landscapes Keeps Water on the Land for Ranchers and Wildlife

      By   1 month ago

      Thanks to  Justin Fritscher, Natural Resources Conservation Service, for bringing us this summary of research benefiting ranchers and wildlife. Removing invading conifer trees improves the health of sagebrush ecosystems, providing better habitat for wildlife and better forage for livestock. And now, new science shows these efforts may also help improve late-season water availability, which is […]

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      Why Inoculate, Exactly?

      By   1 month ago

      That little packet of dark powder you are coerced into purchasing along with your clover seed can be mystifying. It only weighs a few ounces, and it has to be kept cool and dry and managed like a living pet (it is, after all, alive). Plus it invariably gets all over your hands and clothes. […]

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      Beating Heavy Clay and Wet Soils

      By   2 months ago

      Here’s a whole list of forage species that can help you manage this problem. Genevieve explains how they work for you.

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        Treating Parasites in Small Ruminants

        By   5 days ago

        It turns out, treating every animal in the herd 2 or more times a year, as many of us were taught, creates more problems than it solves. Here’s what we should do instead.

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        What Do Cows Eat, and Why?

        By   2 weeks ago

        On its face, this seems like a silly question. Don’t we all know what cows eat?! So when Fred Provenza, as a new professor at Utah State University, chose this question for his research focus, there were some raised eyebrows. Three decades of research later, it turns out that Dr. Provenza’s research was ground-breaking, giving […]

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        Spring Pasture Bloat Prevention and Cures

        By   3 weeks ago

        This article comes to us from Ron Lemenager1, Allen Bridges1, Matt Claeys1, and Keith Johnson2 Purdue University Departments of Animal Sciences1 and Agronomy2. Last week they shared information on Grass Tetany to help you keep your animals safe during the spring flush. This week they’ll cover another danger of spring: Bloat. Bloat is a digestive disorder […]

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        Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

        By   4 weeks ago

        Lush green grass can spell trouble for your livestock. Here’s what to beware of and how to keep them safe.

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        The Silver Bullet of Parasite Control in Small Ruminants

        By   1 month ago

        Tired of battling parasites in your herd or flock? Here’s what three experts found to be the best solution.

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        Building a Cow Herd – Billy Bean Style

        By   1 month ago

        Two of my favorite subjects are cattle and baseball. Two of my favorite books on these subjectsare “The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising” by Laurie Lasater and “MoneyBall” by MichaelLewis. One day, on a long drive, I started playing with the idea that breeding a fertile, easy keeping and most importantly, profitable, herd of cows […]

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        Kidding and Lambing Tips For First Timers and Old Hands

        By   2 months ago

        We’ve got you covered with a short how-to video on kidding, some solutions for keeping kids and lambs warm and saving hypothermic lambs, and a resource for taking the next steps to low input lambing and kidding.

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        Cows Prefer Grazing Stockpile to Eating Hay

        By   2 months ago

        On a winter day, -3 degrees and so cold that he was having trouble videoing, Greg Judy found that the hay he’d kindly brought his cows to help them out wasn’t what they wanted at all. Instead of eating it they walked over it to the stockpile pasture in front of them. In this 3:46 […]

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          The Progressing Farmer Buys a Farm Part 2: Getting Your Head Right

          By   5 days ago

          In Part 1 of this series, Jenn Colby described her drive to farm, how hard she worked to make a go of it on a tight budget, the business plan that told her, don’t quit your day job and maybe get a better paying job so you can afford your farming dream, and how that […]

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          Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

          By   5 days ago

          “Pasture lease rates” is one of the searches we see most often at On Pasture. We’ve published a lot of articles on how to determine rental rates and how to write up a lease agreement, etc. (just click to see them) but I’m guessing that many of you would still like to see a number […]

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          Jenn Colby, Progressing Farmer: How to Start Your Own Farm From Scratch

          By   2 weeks ago

          Jenn Colby is one of the group of folks whose brainstorming helped create On Pasture, and we think of her as a Progressing Farmer because she’s been making progress towards her own family farm for awhile now. For years Jenn has kept a lot of balls in the air including working full time as an […]

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          Meat Cuts for the Spring-Summer Market Season

          By   3 weeks ago

          Best beef cuts for warm weather marketing.

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          Cattle Market Trend Line Moving Up

          By   4 weeks ago

          I subscribe to a weekly market summary put out by The Cattle Range every Saturday morning.   These weekly updates always begin with a 10-Day Market Trendline and a 30-Day Market Trendline.   These give me a quick overview of our markets and where they might be headed. The Trendlines are indicators of overall cattle/beef market strength […]

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          My First Wonderful Lease Part 2

          By   1 month ago

          In his book “No Risk Ranching” Greg Judy describes how he went from liquidating his cow herd and almost losing the family farm, to paying off the farm and home loan in three years by custom grazing on leased land. Since then, Greg has been traveling the country telling folks how to grow a successful […]

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          My First Wonderful Lease – Part 1

          By   1 month ago

          In his book “No Risk Ranching” Greg Judy describes how he went from liquidating his cow herd and almost losing the family farm, to paying off the farm and home loan in three years by custom grazing on leased land. If you know Greg’s name, it’s because he has become an evangelist for growing a […]

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          Avoiding “Too Much Stuff”

          By   2 months ago

          With a little musical accompaniment from Delbert McClinton, Don reminds us how to avoid too much stuff.

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            Don’t Forget to Nurture Yourself, Ranch Women

            By   5 days ago

            When Julie told her parents she was marrying a cowboy and leaving the city for ranch life, they were worried. Decades later, Morris Grassfed Beef is a leader in the industry and Julie is still loving the life she chose. Here’s the story of how it all worked out.

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            Blaming Our Troubles on the Market

            By   2 weeks ago

            If you want to experience the unhappiness radiating throughout the ranching business, there is no better place to visit than your local auction yard. The sellers come drifting in, some wearing a stoic grimace, most bringing the face of defeat. There is some mumbling and grinding of teeth. The professional buyers know enough to keep […]

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            Autumn Olive Recipes

            By   3 weeks ago

            This week Greg Judy tells us all about Autumn Olive management and how he’s learned to use it as a tool for improving the soils in his pastures and as a forage for his livestock. He also mentions that it provides a pretty tasty forage crop. A side benefit of eating the berries is that […]

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            Thriving On Trust

            By   4 weeks ago

            This CommonGround* video, “Thriving on Trust” — features Colorado rancher and CommonGround volunteer Kelsey Pope, along with her mother, Cindy Frasier.  It offers an inside look at the trust that is built between a farmer or rancher and their livestock.  the interdependent relationship that ranchers have with their herd.  As Kelsey puts it, “The animals […]

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            Maintaining Sagebrush-Covered Landscapes Keeps Water on the Land for Ranchers and Wildlife

            By   1 month ago

            Thanks to  Justin Fritscher, Natural Resources Conservation Service, for bringing us this summary of research benefiting ranchers and wildlife. Removing invading conifer trees improves the health of sagebrush ecosystems, providing better habitat for wildlife and better forage for livestock. And now, new science shows these efforts may also help improve late-season water availability, which is […]

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            What’s the Difference Between Grain-Fed and Grass-fed?

            By   1 month ago

            Shannon shares what grass-fed customers need to know about what makes a piece of grass-fed meat different from grain-fed, and what that means in the kitchen so they can have the best meal possible.

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            The Consequences of Doing or Not Doing

            By   2 months ago

            When I mow the grass, it is an ecological catastrophe for some creatures, a boon to others. When I keep living roots in the soil, I increase stability and complexity of soil life. When I plough or grow annual crops—in my garden, for example—I create havoc for many types of fungi, some of which are […]

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            Ag Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

            By   2 months ago

            This comes to us from Cody Sullivan, U.S. Forest Service Research and Development. When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry, genetics, wildlife, forest products and […]

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              Linger Grazing Improves Your Pastures and Your Life

              By   5 days ago

              Here’s what happens when we LINGER in our pastures a little longer. We can observe, learn what to do, and get more time with our friends and family too!

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              Precautions for Potential Mob Graziers

              By   2 weeks ago

              This Classic comes to us from our April 18, 2016 edition. Allan Savory states in his book “Holistic Management” that stock density is the most under-utilized tool in grazing management implying that most graziers have yet to experience the full range of benefits possible from this tool. There are reasons for this; primarily, they have […]

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              Which Weeds Are Good For Your Livestock?

              By   3 weeks ago

              It turns out many weeds are nutritionally as good as alfalfa. Here’s what good stuff you may have in your pasture and how to use it.

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              A Process For Better Grasslands and Pastures

              By   4 weeks ago

              Trying something new can be daunting, especially with so much information to sift through. To help, Michael Harman encourages thinking about management as a process. That way you can identify what to try, and how to succeed.

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              March Medusahead Madness – Get Started NOW to Stop it in Its Tracks

              By   1 month ago

              Medusahead grass is an “Ecosystem Transformer” species. Not only does it compete for resources with other plants, but it can change ecosystem function to favor its own survival at the expense of an entire ecosystem. It thrives in areas with hot dry summers and cool wet falls and springs. Its seeds travel well on animal […]

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              Here’s How to Tell When It’s time to Let the Cows Out

              By   1 month ago

              It’s the time of year when we’re all chomping at the bit to head out to green pasture.  We can see the grass coming up, we’re tired of feeding hay and our stock is tired of eating it.  We know that hitting our pastures too soon could come back to bite us later and might […]

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              Here’s a Solution for the Weeds That Are About to Sprout

              By   2 months ago

              This article was first posted in March of 2015. It’s still a great solution today. Back in the Spring of 2010, the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) in Miles City, Montana put out a press release announcing an online calculator that could tell producers how many more cattle they could raise if they were able to […]

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              Soil That Looks Like Cottage Cheese – It’s a Good Thing

              By   2 months ago

              Gabe Brown is known for the work he’s done improving his soils, and with it, his farm’s profitability. He quit tilling back in 1993, turning instead to no-till, cover crops, and crop rotation. Here he’ll show you what his soil looks like after 20 years of caring for his land this way. The result is […]

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                Farm Informational Signs

                By   5 days ago

                If you have visitors coming who aren’t used to farms and ranches, you might need to post some signs to keep them safe. Here are some examples: Also, when you make signs, be sure they aren’t too confusing. Will the cows be able to close the gate? Will you have enough children in your stock […]

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                Kentucky Fried Chicken Dogs

                By   2 weeks ago

                What will a dog do for a little fried chicken? And what happens when they become what they love? HEY! We need YOUR HELP! Our grant doesn’t happen unless we meet our 2017 match. If you appreciate On Pasture and want it to live on, please send your support. Save

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                Farming is Easy Money!

                By   3 weeks ago

                Warning – Not Safe for Work (NSFW)! This is an oldie but goodie that we haven’t shared before because of the naughty words. We’ll be back to clean stuff next week, but since Forrest included it in his post, we thought, “What the heck!” Since you’re here … We need your help to meet the […]

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                Why Parents Drink

                By   4 weeks ago

                Being a parent can sometimes drive you to it! Since you’re here … We need your help to meet the $15,000 annual match for our Conservation Innovation Grant. The grant keeps On Pasture going for the next 3 years, but only if we can meet the cash match. If we meet our goal this Spring, […]

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                This Kind of Mud Season Pugging Is OK

                By   1 month ago

                Sometimes Google gives interesting results to searches. Here’s “Pugging.” Even the dog thinks this is just wrong. Save

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                RIP Autocorrect

                By   1 month ago

                For all of you who have been haunted by autocorrect accidents, maybe this will make you feel better. Save

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                Giant Firework Flying Saucer

                By   2 months ago

                We’re sharing this now so you can save up money for your own this July 4th. FYI, it flew almost 3/4 of a mile high!    

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                The Next Step In Stockmanship – Cows That Come When Called

                By   2 months ago

                It turns out all you really have to do is name your cows and then teach them to come when called.

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