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Alfalfa: A Winner for Producers and the Environment

By   /  July 12, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Here’s some good news about how alfalfa can feed our livestock and our soils. Thanks to Scott Elliott, ARS Office of Communications, for this story. Alfalfa has a long history as the go-to feed for farm animals and poultry. Aquaculture has also discovered the power of alfalfa by refining it into a high-protein fish food. […]

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Feed Alternatives When Drought Puts a Halt to Forage Production

By   /  June 28, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

This week’s report on forage and drought conditions in North Dakota provides some good information for everyone suffering from drought conditions, and that includes a large swath of the United States this year. Nearly 10% of the contiguous U.S. is now in “exceptional drought,” the highest for that designation since 2011. Soil moisture conditions continue […]

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Using Wood Ash to Improve Pasture Soils and Forages

By   /  June 28, 2021  /  From the On Pasture Library, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Graziers in many parts of the country often deal with acidic soils that are low in several nutrients. In many parts of the United States and Canada, farmers could improve their pastures by occasionally applying wood ash. Wood ash is a byproduct of several industries that burn wood for energy to make electricity, steam, or […]

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How Plants Can Beat the Heat: Their Memory Mechanism for Adapting to Heat Stress

By   /  June 21, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But what if you’re a plant and that’s just not possible? It turns out they have other options. Researchers from Japan have discovered that plants can gain heat tolerance to better adapt to future heat stress, thanks to a particular mechanism for heat stress […]

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What’s the Impact of Grazing Without Recovery Periods?

By   /  June 14, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

This is a little inspiration for thinking about your grazing management and what your goals are.  In this two minute, time lapse video you’ll see how continuous grazing impacts the overall production of a forage grass –  orchardgrass in this case. The plant on the left is “grazed” (clipped) every week regardless of whether or […]

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