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How Short and How Often Should You Graze Your Grass?

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  ARS, Forage, 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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Discovery Helps Plants Make a Connection With Soil Fungi

By   /  August 12, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Ten years of work result in the discovery of the gene that allows plants and mycorrhizal fungi to interact and could lead to plants that require less fertilizer and can survive and thrive in arid environments.

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How Does Fire Affect Soil Microbes?

By   /  August 5, 2019  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

This article comes to us from Steven Shafer, Ph.D., the former Soil Health Institute interim chief scientific officer and retired soil microbiologist the Noble Research Institute. Fire affects many important ecosystem processes. Much of what we understand about the impact of fire on terrestrial ecosystems comes from many decades of research on the effects of […]

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Does Grazing Crop Residue Compact Soils?

By   /  July 29, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from Will Cushman and the Soil Science Society of America. It goes well with last week’s article of tips on what to do about hay/forage shortage this year and a recommendation to talk to neighbors about grazing crop residue. We hope it helps! It makes sense that a 1,200 pound […]

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New Forage Available

By   /  July 22, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  3 Comments

A few weeks ago we shared the results of a study that provided some insights into the value of legumes as forage. The study looked at how well three vetches and one winter pea responded to grazing. One of those, WinterKing Hairy Vetch is now available for sale. Here’s more information for you. There’s an […]

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