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What Do Different Plants Tell Us About Our Soils and How to Improve Them?

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  4 Comments

Greg Brann, Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Specialist in Tennessee, recently sent some information out to his local farmers about “indicator plants” along with some tips for how to use that information to improve soil health and pasture quality.  It’s good information for everyone to consider. What Are Indicator Plants? Indicator Plants are plants that, […]

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Manure and Bedding Composting for Energy and Fertilizer

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Forage, Money Matters, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

University of New Hampshire researcher John Aber has been using a Northeast SARE Agroecosystems award to explore the waste streams and energy cycles on an organic dairy farm. The purpose of his research is to help dairy farmers take advantage of manure, bedding, and waste hay by turning it into energy and fertilizer for the […]

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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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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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Want Good Soil? Feed the Microbes

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  8 Comments

In June of 2014, Grist reporter Nathanael Johnson reported on a battle between two men in New South Wales Australia. Clive Kirkby and John Kirkegaard were having it out over the proper handling of crop residues after harvest. Kirkby was trying to get farmers to stop torching wheat stubble. Rather than letting fire release all […]

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