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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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New Brush Control Philosophy Works for Ranchers

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  3 Comments

This is a good example of how changing our thinking can help us deal with brush economically and efficiently by using our tools to work with mother nature.

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Forty Plus Years of No-Till and Cover Crop Success

By   /  October 31, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Forty Plus Years of No-Till and Cover Crop Success

Think no-till is a new deal? Well not to Jimmy Standefer. He planted his first no-till cover crop in 1967. It was a failure. It took a couple of years for him to get his Dad to let him try it again. But the second try was a huge success and after that there was […]

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How to Manage Bitterweed in Pasture

By   /  October 10, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  4 Comments

One of our On Pasture readers in east Texas wrote us to get some ideas for controlling bitterweed on her place. She raises natural sheep and hay, so would prefer not to use herbicides. But she now has one four-acre pasture that is about 80% bitterweed and pulling and burning it is very time consuming. […]

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Congress Says “Cows Eat Salted Weeds”

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  4 Comments

On Pasture reader Kirk Cunningham wanted to know if I had ever found studies on cows grazing teasel. I knew of nothing off the top of my head, so I spent quite some time searching the internet. The only thing I found was from the 1945 Congressional Record. Sandwiched between remarks on the results of […]

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