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Grazing Stockpiled Pasture How-Tos

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

Victor lives in Indiana where conditions are now perfect for grazing stockpiled pasture. No matter where you are, here are great tips for making the most of what you’ve got. When to Start If possible and practical, it is best to not start grazing stockpiled forage until it goes dormant. Until it goes dormant, every […]

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Conservation Reserve Program For Grasslands – Application Deadline 12/16/2016

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Conservation Reserve Program For Grasslands – Application Deadline 12/16/2016

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was recently expanded to include Grasslands. It’s an effort to help landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland and pastureland while while still using them for grazing. Participants receive annual payments  of not more than 75% of the value of the land and cost-share assistance for contracts lasting between 14 […]

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Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Forage, Livestock, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

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BMR: How a Gene Mutation Became a Breakthrough in Digestibility

By   /  November 14, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on BMR: How a Gene Mutation Became a Breakthrough in Digestibility

Over the course of the past decade, Brown Midrib, or BMR forages have become widely familiar as the elite of summer annual forages. The “cream of the crop,” these corn hybrids, sorghums, and pearl millets are distinguished by a genetic makeup that reduces their lignin content and can be visually evident as a light to […]

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Optimizing Oats for Use as Dairy Forage

By   /  November 7, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

This piece comes to us from the ARS’s Dennis O’Brien and the AgResearch magazine. Wisconsin dairy producers are increasingly adopting a practice that makes economic and environmental sense: raising oats in the fall as forage for their cattle. Dairy producers plant the oats in early to mid-August and either allow them to be grazed through […]

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