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Manuresheds – Moving Manure Back to Fields and Pastures

By   /  July 6, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

We’ve all heard the term “watersheds.” We use it to describe a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers. It helps us think about all the resources in one place and how they are distributed. Now, scientists are using that same concept to look at how we can reconnect livestock […]

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Take a Deeper Look at Soil Health

By   /  June 29, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Dr. Ray Weil has spent his whole life looking at and learning about soils and how they work to keep us all fed. In fact, he literally wrote the book on soils. He has a message for farmers and ranchers concerned about how their soils affect forage growth and profitability: Think deeper. Think about more […]

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Updates on Projects to Manage Weeds and Turn a Dying Timber Stand Into Pasture

By   /  June 22, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

  I am often reminded of my old professor Dr. Breakey, especially lately as I review the results of two recent “field experiments.” Project 1: What in Tar(weed)Nation? Managing a New Weed Last spring I wrote about a massive invasion of Tarweed that had dominated a large chunk of the ranch. Those nasty plants interfered […]

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Field Bindweed – A Nutritious, Overlooked Forage

By   /  June 15, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

It’s high in protein – capable of adding 2.2 pounds of gain per day – and spreads 10 to 18 feet a season, AND cows love it. You should too!

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Grazing for Soil Health

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to the folks with NRCS’s “Unlock the Secrets of Soil Health” for their part in developing this article. The abandoned cotton farm Terry and Deborah Chandler purchased was in need of a lot of care. The fields were¬† highly eroded, and the top soil was absent. Rebuilding soil health was the first thing on […]

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