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This Ranch’s Grazing Management Improves Soil and Vegetation

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

The Bench Ranch has been using intensive, rotational grazing for at least 35 years and they have seen a change that includes more grass, healthy soils, and double the stocking rate the ranch used to carry. We add ideas for how you can follow in the ranch’s footsteps.

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Meet the Father of Soil Conservation

By   /  December 23, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Meet the Father of Soil Conservation

More than 100 years ago, a young scientist, Hugh Hammond Bennett, recognized that the United States was at risk of losing it’s most important resource – it’s soil. He made it his mission to change the trajectory of agriculture at a time of great crisis and to provide farmers and ranchers with the information and […]

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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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Tips for Stockpile Grazing Timing, Fencing and Pasture Size

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

From December of 2016, here are tips on pasture size, fencing equipment and more, to help with successful stockpile grazing. When to Start If possible and practical, it is best to not start grazing stockpiled forage until it goes dormant. Until it goes dormant, every time that solar panel of leaves is removed, the plant […]

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Soil Health Principles Part 4 – Keep Live Roots in the Soil

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

In this, the fourth in our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot talks about how, through photosynthesis, plants create carbon-based sugars, a sizeable portion of which is transferred into the soil via the plant’s roots. There, it feeds the 1-2 tons of soil microbes living in the soil. In return, as they process the […]

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