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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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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 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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