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Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

This story comes to us from Will Cushman at the Soil Science Society of America. Thanks, Will! It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new Nebraska study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to […]

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Success of Reed Canary Grass Seedings With and Without Companion Crops

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  4 Comments

Dan Hudson has been running test plots to share information on establishment of reed canary grass with and without companion or nurse crops. His results, shown in this video of his plots one year after planting, can give you some idea of what to expect in your own pastures and plantings and how these kinds […]

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Autumn Olive – Friend or Foe?

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Here’s how Greg Judy manages Autumn Olive in his pastures to take advantage of it for nitrogen fixation and soil building as well as forage. Check the map in the article to see if it’s in your area, and if not, consider these techniques for managing other brushy species.

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I’m Sorry I Missed Your Drought Party

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

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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Maintaining Sagebrush-Covered Landscapes Keeps Water on the Land for Ranchers and Wildlife

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  ARS, Consider This, Forage, Pasture Health, USDA  /  Comments Off on Maintaining Sagebrush-Covered Landscapes Keeps Water on the Land for Ranchers and Wildlife

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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