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Looking Drought in the Eye – Working Together to Get Through the Next One

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

The week that I got married, the drought of 2011 finally broke. I will never forget the Justice of the peace saying to everybody gathered, in his gravelly voice, “Now that Will and Laura are married, maybe the good lord will water the earth a little.” Sure enough, within a couple of days the first […]

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Is Mob Grazing as Effective as We Thought?

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  15 Comments

At the American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, this past January, I was asked to summarize and present the scientific literature on mob grazing. This article provides a distilled version of that research summary. Introduction and Terminology Rotational grazing (RG) has been promoted by many land-grant universities and USDA-NRCS for a […]

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Shoulder Season Grazing Strategies

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on Shoulder Season Grazing Strategies

Use what you’ve got now to extend your grazing a little longer this season.

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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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Assistance for Adding More Grass, Reducing Hay Feeding

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, NRCS, Planning, Water  /  Comments Off on Assistance for Adding More Grass, Reducing Hay Feeding

Here’s how the Wessel family got help to add more water, and set up their grazing plan.

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