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What Farming Challenges Did the Pilgrims Face?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

This comes to us from Tom Sauer, USDA-ARS, and the Soils Matter Blog from the Soil Science Society of America. The Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in ancient harvest festivals. Grateful people came together to celebrate a successful harvest. Before trade networks or long-term food storage, failed crops meant hunger or even starvation, so bountiful […]

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What 30 Years of Study Tell Us About Grazing and Carbon Sequestration

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  16 Comments

In the first part in this series we told you that decades of grassland research show that grazing does not seem to have much influence on increasing carbon in the soil. On the other hand, many graziers have noted that their good grazing management seems to be increasing soil organic matter (SOM), and since soil […]

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Management Guidelines Can Help Improve Pasture Condition, Optimize Forage Utilization

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from the Noble Research Institute in Oklahoma. It addresses management of forages common to some of our readers. If your forages are different, consider what this kind of management might do to help your pastures, but consult a lstaff person from your local extension, NRCS or Conservation District Office. Here […]

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Bamboo as a Season Extending Forage Is Showing Promise

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  12 Comments

Cairncrest Farm in West Winfield, New York is experimenting with Bamboo as a forage for grazing when deep snow makes it difficult for livestock to get to stockpiled pasture forage. Brothers Edmund and Garth Brown started with a lot of reading, testing different varieties over a number of years for their resilience, nutrition analysis and more. Here’s the latest installment in their ongoing on-farm research project.

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How Do You Monitor Your Pastures?

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

This question comes to us from an On Pasture reader. It’s a big question. I provided an answer here, but we’d love to have reader input as well, as learning how you do things can be helpful to all of the rest of us. How I monitor depends on what I’m trying to find out. Sometimes […]

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