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Patch-Burn Grazing for Forage, Wildlife Habitat, and Firesafe Grasslands

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  3 Comments

What do you get when you combine grazing and prescribed fire? According to researchers and ranchers, you get reduced danger of catastrophic wildfires, better forage and better weight gains for livestock, and more lesser prairie chickens and other wildlife. Wildfires on the Great Plains are three times more frequent and four times bigger than they […]

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Training Cattle to Follow – Part 1

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Livestock  /  5 Comments

Several readers have asked for instruction in teaching cattle to follow. John Marble has written a two-part article on the subject. Part one begins with some basic thoughts on animal behavior, both human and bovine. It’s a good bet that with small modifications, this could work for all livestock. Dateline: Raub, North Dakota, circa 1935 […]

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Determine Land Area and Distance With Your Smartphone

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Money Matters  /  6 Comments

The next time you need to measure something, leave the tape measure in the toolbox and use your phone.

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December To Do List: 1) Find the Perfect Gift, 2) Save Net Neutrality

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  The Scoop  /  Comments Off on December To Do List: 1) Find the Perfect Gift, 2) Save Net Neutrality

Two things you’ve probably figured out about On Pasture already: 1) We’re not big into telling you to spend money and, 2) we don’t like to get into politics. But it’s December, and there are two things that we all need: 1) Gift ideas and 2) an easy way to get those gifts. So here […]

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Plants Are Better Than Subsoilers For Reducing Soil Compaction

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on Plants Are Better Than Subsoilers For Reducing Soil Compaction

Here’s an article from November 2014 that puts conventional wisdom on it’s head. Enjoy! Alan Sundermeier, a researcher at Ohio State University says, “You can’t solve your problems with steel. Even with a subsoiler that may have minimal surface disturbance, it’s really not solving the problem. We’re seeing that soil structure can be better solved […]

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