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Planting Ryegrass for Winter Grazing

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Even if you’re not planting ryegrass, Don’s tips work for prepping for other seeding for pasture improvements as well.

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Is More Soil Organic Matter Always Better?

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  15 Comments

Here’s a press release from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies sharing some new information about soil organic matter’s contribution to crop yields. While increasing soil organic matter provides numerous benefits (like carbon sequestration, improved water-holding capacity and reduced run-off and erosion), it turns out that some of the science about increases in production […]

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Thinking of Seeding Your Pastures?

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

By this time of year, any seeding of forages would be considered a dormant seeding. Seeds planted now will lay there until the right conditions present themselves closer to spring. Most producers with pasture or hay ground understand the concept of “frost-seeding.” Frost-seeding is taking advantage of the freeze-thaw process of the soil during winter […]

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Preventing the Spread of Medusahead

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

Last week we looked at why Medusahead Rye is so dangerous. This week Beth shares how we can prevent its spread. These tips are important for preventing the spread of all kinds of weedy species, so check them out and use them, even if you don’t have Medusahead. Preventing medusahead from establishing in new areas […]

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The Curse of Medusahead Rye

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  3 Comments

A team of genetic engineers couldn’t have devised a more ecologically lethal and effective invasive weed than Medusahead Rye. Beth Burritt is one of the researchers working on ways to stop it in it’s march across the U.S. from west to east. In this series of articles she shares what we need to know about the plant, and about a treatment that a rancher discovered that just may be a solution.

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