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Canopeo – An App to Help You Measure Your Pasture Cover

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  No Comments

In his article this week, Troy Bishopp describes an app that Victor Shelton used to look at cover on Troy’s pastures. With just a few photos, Troy learned the 80% cover that he thought he was leaving was actually more like 60-70%. Troy found the tool useful because it helped him better calibrate his grazier’s […]

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What’s Up With Root Exudates?

By   /  September 30, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to Susan Fisk and the Soil Science Society of America for this article. Most of us pay attention to new shoots, stems, leaves, and eventually the flowers and crop we intend to grow. We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the crop production process. Paul Hallett and his team disagree. […]

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Bison Rancher Protects Great Lakes With Buffer Strips

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to Savannah Halleaux of the Michigan Farm Service Agency for sharing this article with On Pasture. Orv Kabat raises bison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In its 30th year of business, Orv’s Circle K Ranch provides meat to about 30 restaurants and health food stores across the state, while ensuring cleaner water flows downstream. But […]

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Here’s What Could Happen to Forages in the Future and What It Means For Our Management

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Could warming temperatures and elevated atmospheric CO2 levels affect the quantity and quality of forage used to raise livestock? That’s the question that David Augustine and his fellow researchers at the Agricultural Research Service’s Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit wanted to answer. Their results are a mixture of “good news” and “bad news” along […]

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Comparing the Cost of Amending Soil With Fed Hay to Buying and Spreading Compost

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  4 Comments

I wrote this piece three years ago and never published it because…oh my gosh the math is daunting! And what if I got it wrong? I’m finally going to share it with you all because I think it’s a good thing for us all to think about, and in the spirit of the On Pasture […]

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