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Managing to Prevent Grass Tetany

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

Is grass tetany a threat to your herd? It could be if you’re dealing with cool conditions and lush spring forage growth. It is what we call “washy” grass. This new growth is very high in water and nitrogen. It can also be fairly high in potassium. Fields that have been fertilized with nitrogen may […]

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Managing Mud

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS, Planning, Water quality  /  Comments Off on Managing Mud

NRCS’s Victor Shelton is in the middle of a wet and muddy spring in Indiana. He tells us, “As much as I like the warmer days right now, I probably wouldn’t turn down some frozen ground to reduce mud and the impact of very saturated ground.  One guy told me that if it were just […]

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Finding and Solving Leaks in Your Watering System

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  1 Comment

In the last week or so, I’ve received several inquiries on water systems from producers trying to diagnose pump issues or other problems. I guess I just couldn’t be left out of that crowd because I now have a leak in an area where I had moved some soil around late summer.   Sometimes trying […]

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Do You Have Enough Winter Feed and Are You Feeding the Right Animals?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff.  I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left.  Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last much longer and real growth is about done and dormancy of perennials is […]

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Heads Up On Irrigating and Toxic Plants as We Move Into Fall

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning, Water  /  Comments Off on Heads Up On Irrigating and Toxic Plants as We Move Into Fall

A question on irrigating pasture was brought up last week. Here in Indiana, there are typically only portions of three months where moisture may be lacking including July, August, and September. The first question to consider is the water source.  It will take a very good one.  One acre inch of water is a lot […]

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