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Solving Alfalfa “Windrow Disease”

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Rained-on hay plagues all of us eventually. The ‘windrow disease’ that often follows presents lingering problems. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Forage Extension Specialist has these words of wisdom for preventing it.

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When Livestock Eat Weeds You Have 43% More Forage*

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  12 Comments

It’s that time of year when I remind you that you can teach your ruminant livestock to eat your weeds so that you have as much as 43% more forage, and you don’t have to worry about herbicide. Training a group of 50 animals to eat weeds takes just 8 hours spread over 7 days […]

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Easy Monitoring to Track Pasture and Rangeland Changes

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

All you need is your smart phone, maybe a shovel or fence post from the back of your truck, and the willingness to take a picture and email it to yourself and you’ve become a monitoring master!

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Using Your Cattle To Control Blackberry Bushes and Other Plants You Love to Hate

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Forage, Livestock, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

In this video, Jason Crisman of JC’s Organic Farm shares a surprising development in his herd. They’re eating blackberry bushes with gusto! He attributes their new foraging to his rotational grazing, fencing them into smaller paddocks so that they become less selective graziers. Like us, cows are creatures of habit and they eat what they’ve […]

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The Summer Annual Manual

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on The Summer Annual Manual

Summer annuals have unique benefits, like filling a small space in the rotation with multiple cuttings of big yields. They also bring some unique challenges and considerations. Here’s what you need to know. Step 1 is waiting for warm soils. These crops are adapted to hot climates and won’t germinate consistently until soil is at […]

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