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Have You Checked Out the Conservation Stewardship Program?

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  No Comments

Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Have you not gotten started because you weren’t quite sure what to do, or were lacking funding to implement practices? Well, the Natural Resources Conservation Service might be help with their Conservation […]

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Reader Questions and Answers About Fall Alfalfa Nutrition, Varieties, and Reseeding

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

We’ve been getting alfalfa-related questions from readers. Genevieve Slocum and David Hunsberger of King’s Agriseeds have some answers. Question: My cows and calves have been on a pasture for about a week with approx. 50% grass 50% alfalfa it has dried down on the stem and we have had -2 c frosts several times some […]

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What 30 Years of Study Tell Us About Grazing and Carbon Sequestration

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  16 Comments

In the first part in this series we told you that decades of grassland research show that grazing does not seem to have much influence on increasing carbon in the soil. On the other hand, many graziers have noted that their good grazing management seems to be increasing soil organic matter (SOM), and since soil […]

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Management Guidelines Can Help Improve Pasture Condition, Optimize Forage Utilization

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from the Noble Research Institute in Oklahoma. It addresses management of forages common to some of our readers. If your forages are different, consider what this kind of management might do to help your pastures, but consult a lstaff person from your local extension, NRCS or Conservation District Office. Here […]

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Bamboo as a Season Extending Forage Is Showing Promise

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  13 Comments

Cairncrest Farm in West Winfield, New York is experimenting with Bamboo as a forage for grazing when deep snow makes it difficult for livestock to get to stockpiled pasture forage. Brothers Edmund and Garth Brown started with a lot of reading, testing different varieties over a number of years for their resilience, nutrition analysis and more. Here’s the latest installment in their ongoing on-farm research project.

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