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Here’s What Graziers Do In August – Stage Forage, Prep Stockpile and Plan for Winter Forage/Feed

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

August often seems to arrive too early and speeds by way too fast. Mentally to me, August 1st starts the countdown to the first frosty morning. That time frame, depending on where you are in Indiana, is generally 60-75 days. There is a lot to do in that time frame. Staging Forage My first consideration […]

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To Clip/Mow Your Pasture Or Not – That is the Question

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

Here’s a question that comes up all the time. In this article from July of 2016 Victor Shelton describes why it’s a good idea sometimes, and maybe not others. We talked about clipping pastures in June. I’m still getting questions and comments by email about it; all good. There certainly are two sides to this […]

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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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