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Warm-Season Grasses That Handle Low pH Soils and Hot, Dry Conditions

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Native, perennial warm-season grasses produce well compared to cool-season grasses during the hot and dry weather, on soils with low moisture holding capacity, low pH, and low phosphorus levels.

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Does Grazing Sequester Carbon? Part 2 – Some Background

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  4 Comments

We’re working on a series of articles that explore what the research tells us about grazing and soil carbon sequestration. It’s a complex topic, and as with all things science, there is a lot of background information that may not be covered in the papers themselves. So, before we take a deep dive into the […]

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Does Grazing Sequester Carbon? Part 1

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  6 Comments

If you’ve heard that grazing is good for the planet because it can sequester more carbon in the soil, you’re not alone. The hypothesis goes like this: When livestock take a bite of grass, the grass plant sloughs off an equal amount of root mass below ground. That dead material is full of carbon. Microbes […]

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Biodiversity Makes Us Stronger and More Resilient

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

Biodiversity – like having lots of different plants, bugs and wildlife in our pastures, some of which we might not even like – doesn’t always make managing our grazing  easy. But before we wish away all that “difference,” here’s a story from the news desk at the Smithsonian Institute describing the important role biodiversity can […]

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Easy Ways to Figure Out Your Pasture’s Forage Quality

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Last week we told you why we don’t use Brix to measure the value of forage in pasture. Our primary reason is that it’s not a very reliable tool for looking at the nutritional value of a specific plant. Another reason is that so many people have measured forage value for so long, that you […]

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