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Study Shows Grasslands Are More Reliable Carbon Sinks Than Forests

By   /  May 17, 2021  /  Consider This  /  No Comments

Thanks to Kat Kerlin and the University of California, Davis for this article. Note that the study provides recommendations about carbon markets specific to California, but these recommendations could be extrapolated to other markets as well. A study has found that increased drought and wildfire risk make grasslands and rangelands a more reliable carbon sink […]

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Predatory Soil Bacteria Hunt Like Vampires and Wolves, Helping Move Carbon Through the Soil

By   /  May 17, 2021  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Scientists studying soils are working hard to help us understand what’s going on underneath our feet. It looks like some of what’s happening is a lot like what happens above ground, only on a microscopic scale, with predators hunting and eating prey. While we’ve known about these interactions, we now know that it is part […]

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Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

In the past we’ve written about research that shows plants are better at reducing soil compaction than subsoilers. But how do can they do that? Well, today’s story gives us the answer courtesy of researchers at Duke University. Thanks to Robin Smith and Veronique Koch for this excellent story! Be sure to watch the roots […]

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How Rising Temperatures Affect Plants’ Ability to Survive

By   /  April 26, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on How Rising Temperatures Affect Plants’ Ability to Survive

Thanks for this article go to Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor, University of Illinois News Bureau Agricultural scientists who study climate change often focus on how increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will affect crop yields. But rising temperatures are likely to complicate the picture, researchers report in a new review of the topic. Published in […]

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Math and the Art of Grazing – Figuring Your Stocking Rate

By   /  April 12, 2021  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

Thanks to Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University Extension Range Specialist, and Jameson Brennan for this article! Like many of us Krista Ehlert has a love hate relationship with math. She says, “Growing up, I remember asking the question, “Why do we need to learn this?” The “this” being math, and I […]

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