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Nutritional Value of Stockpiled and Annual Forage

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  3 Comments

Grazing your herd through the winter on standing forages in pasture is one way to reduce costs and improve your bottom line. It avoids the expense of baling, moving feed and then feeding. But is the feed giving your livestock what they need to survive and thrive? Here’s some data from a variety of locations to […]

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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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Tighty Whities Can Tell You About Your Soil Health

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  7 Comments

This is a fun experiment you can try with your own pastures and fields. It comes to us from Anthony Bly and Sara Berg of South Dakota State University Extension. Just remember that different areas will have different kinds of soils and you may get different results. Soil microorganisms require carbon to survive. Men’s cotton […]

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