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Twice as Many Cows, Twice as Easy

By   /  September 21, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

This piece comes to us from Clarence Kelly,* work unit conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service). It was first published in September of 1962 in the Soil Conservation magazine. This rancher faced a lot of the same challenges many of us face today. His solution was to […]

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Using Trees as Forage

By   /  September 14, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  5 Comments

Spring and fall are wonderful times to be a grass farmer. The weather is pleasant, the livestock are fat and happy, and the forages are lush. But of course, summer comes right after spring, and the lean, dry times can wipe away the memory of those beautiful lush grasses of spring. It doesn’t take much […]

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Graziers and Crop Farmers Benefit From Working Together – Part 2

By   /  September 7, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

This two-part two of a series from the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada on the ins and outs of graziers can work with crop farmers to feed animals during the winter months while improving soil health and productivity. Last week we looked at communicating, assigning value, and the importance of good fences. This week […]

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Graziers and Crop Farmers Benefit From Working Together – Part 1

By   /  August 31, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

If you’re looking over at the remains in your neighbor’s crop residue or cover crops and are seeing potential forage, you’ll like this two-part series. It will give you some ideas and tips for creating a win-win opportunity. You feed your livestock while improving soil health and productivity for your neighbor! Thanks for this series […]

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Stressed Plants Can Pass on “Memories” to Create Hardier Offspring

By   /  August 24, 2020  /  Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

Penn State researcher Sally Mackenzie didn’t really set out to scare soybeans. But that’s what she did when she silenced the plants’ MSH1 gene. Though the plants were growing in perfect conditions, they suddenly sensed they were encountering a wide range of stresses all at once – drought, extreme cold and heat, high light levels […]

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