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Fertility Matters

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Since soil fertility is a hot topic, this week we’ve got three articles to help you out. First, we take a look at the history of synthetic fertilizer and bust a myth going around about its impact on soil microbes. Then we look at compost tea and whether or not farmers have success with it in the field. Finally, we look at the economics of fertilizing pastures, giving you some math tips to help you figure out what you should do.

But that’s not where our fertilizing ends.

The primary focus of On Pasture has always been to provide readers with steps they can use to adopt new practices with an emphasis on sustainability and profitability.

But being a good grazier is about more than trying to following a recipe. It’s a way of being, and of thinking about problems, like this week’s example from Fran Fritz. What we learn from Fran isn’t the latest grazing technique. It’s that, like Fran, we each have different abilities, so we have to stop and think awhile before going forward.

To be a successful thinker, we need to fertilize our brain with the right nutrients to be the most productive. Reading and listening widely, not just about grazing or agriculture, but on a variety of topics, is a good source of nutrients. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken an idea from something completely unrelated to grazing and used it for an innovative solution. Observation and record keeping are two more great nutrients. The more information you have about your operation, the more material you have for thinking through a problem.

On Pasture needs fertilizer too!

I’m always thinking about how On Pasture can serve you best. Right now, I’m trying to figure out exactly how many articles you need, how I can put information together in ebooks to cover topics of the most interest to you, and more. I have a lot of ideas. But I could use a few nutrients myself – so feel free to send some my way.  Head over here and tell me what you think!

With your help, On Pasture can provide a lot of fertility for your brain. After all, it’s the only reason we’re here!

Thanks for your help and thanks for reading. Be safe out there!

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Publisher, Editor and Author

Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. red Slusser says:

    Blessed be the dung beetle! 🙂

  2. Troy Bishopp says:

    “To be a successful thinker, we need to fertilize our brain with the right nutrients to be the most productive.” -Winner, winner, grass-fed beef dinner!!

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