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I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

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   /  March 20, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  8 Comments

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   /  March 20, 2017  /  ARS, Consider This, Forage, Pasture Health, USDA  /  No Comments

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   /  March 13, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

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   /  March 6, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

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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