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Soil Health Principles Part 5 – Diversity is Key

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  ARS, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

In the fifth part of our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot focuses on the benefits of diversity for improving soil health. In his examples of a garden and two different row crop farmers, he demonstrates how growing a variety of cash crops, and a planting a diverse cover crop mix, can improve soil […]

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Grasslands May Adjust More Quickly to Warmer Winters

By   /  November 18, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  No Comments

From the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, here’s some insight into what happens to carbon uptake by grasslands and forests as our climate continues to warm. As climate changes, Northeast winters are warming more rapidly than other times of the year. While this may mean favorable growing conditions start earlier […]

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Death to Fire Ants

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  1 Comment

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists latest discovery—a new virus found in fire ants from Argentina—has the potential for becoming a biological control agent against the red imported fire ants infesting the United States. The Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) arrived in the United States in the 1930s, likely in ballast in cargo ships docking […]

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The Sex Life of the Screwworm Fly: How an Odd-Sounding Study Saved Ranchers Billions

By   /  August 26, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This, NRCS  /  1 Comment

The screwworm is a horrible livestock pest that most of us have never heard of thanks to the work of two scientists.

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How Short and How Often Should You Graze Your Grass?

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  ARS, Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  4 Comments

This comes to us from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center of the USDA Agricultural Research Service. While their purpose was to provide information for dairy graziers, it’s a great lesson for us all on how grass grows and how we can manage it for best yield and animal productivity. While there are many grazing […]

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