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How to Beat Back a Weed to Get Better Forage and Wildlife Habitat

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  4 Comments

Like almost every grazier, Dee (DeWitt) Morris has a problem weed. For him and his Mountain Springs Ranch in Wyoming, it’s cheatgrass, an annual grass that can out-compete and eliminate nutritious native forages for livestock and wildlife, and disrupt processes that create healthy soils. And the problem, left unmanaged only gets worse with time. Cheatgrass […]

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Greg Judy Talks Drought and Silvopasture

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

Greg Judy takes us on a 4:16 tour of one of his pastures on a typical hot summer day in central Missouri with a heat index of 105. It’s the second year in a row with a summer drought. While others are selling off their whole herd, Greg and Jan Judy are managing to keep […]

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Fighting Purple Threeawn With Fire

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Commonly known as purple threeawn, red threeawn, wiregrass or democrat grass, this plant can take over pastures and out-compete other, high quality forage. Agricultural Research Service scientists have discovered how to use fire to beat it back.

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Improving Soil Means Adapting Ideas and Working With People

By   /  July 23, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Today I have two videos for you from JP and Holly Heber who raise row crops and cattle in east-central South Dakota. They’re talking about their no till and cover crops and how they’ve managed to improve their soils, increase water holding capacity, and reduce erosion. If you listen closely, they’re also telling the a […]

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So, Which Is It – Drought Planning or Weed Management?

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

John Marble plans for drought every year and some years, like this one, he has to implement that plan. Now, he’s seeing some real changes in the weed component of his pastures, making him wonder – is he managing for drought or to get rid of weeds?

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