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Here’s What Short Grazing Does to Spring Regrowth

By   /  May 10, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

As you walk or drive your ATV around your pastures, you may notice differences in plant growth. The reasons for those differences can vary but include irregularities in fertility, last autumn’s stop grazing heights, soils, compaction, rest after grazing and the forages themselves. Continuous grazing can be a contributor to differences in plant growth. Back […]

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Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

In the past we’ve written about research that shows plants are better at reducing soil compaction than subsoilers. But how do can they do that? Well, today’s story gives us the answer courtesy of researchers at Duke University. Thanks to Robin Smith and Veronique Koch for this excellent story! Be sure to watch the roots […]

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How Rising Temperatures Affect Plants’ Ability to Survive

By   /  April 26, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Thanks for this article go to Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor, University of Illinois News Bureau Agricultural scientists who study climate change often focus on how increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will affect crop yields. But rising temperatures are likely to complicate the picture, researchers report in a new review of the topic. Published in […]

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A Focus on Soil Health Helps Farmer/Grazier Through Weather Extremes

By   /  April 19, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Forecasters are predicting that extreme weather events are going to become more and more common in the future. This article from Lynn Betts and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition provides an example of what we can do to “weather” this new reality. You can meet Craig in this 3:24 video where he talks about […]

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Have You Discovered the Benefits of Canada Thistle?

By   /  April 5, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

I have a different feeling about weeds than most people. That’s because I’ve turned them into forage. Read on for the benefits of one of my favorite forages – Canada thistle. In 2004, I developed a simple method for teaching cows and other  livestock to eat weeds. It takes just eight hours spread over seven […]

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