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Microbes Can Unlock Soil Phosphorus to Enhance Plant Growth

By   /  November 30, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Phosphorus is a critical plant nutrient. It stimulates root growth, is part of photosynthesis and transferring nutrients through the plant, and without, maturity is delayed and fruits and seeds are few and poorly formed. The good news is that there is lots of phosphorous in the soil, with concentrations ranging from 200 to 6,000 pounds […]

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Hungry Plants Order Up Iron From Soil Microbes

By   /  November 23, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Continuing with our Thanksgiving theme, here’s how plants harvest some nutrition for their own dinner. Thanks to the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research for their work on this article.   In nature, healthy plants are awash with bacteria and other microbes, mostly deriving from the soil they grow in. This community of microbes, […]

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Plant Vigor and Range/Pasture Production

By   /  November 16, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

This article comes to us from J.L. Lantow and the February 1945 issue of Soil Conservation. It’s a good reminder of how long the principles of good grazing have been around. Merely to be alive is important, but to have abundant health is still more important. This is as true of plants as of animals. […]

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What are your grasses doing? What’s the result of your management?

By   /  November 9, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Today we’re taking a field trip to visit the Gilbert family on their ranch in Buffalo, South Dakota. The Gilbert family has been ranching here on the shortgrass prairie since 1894, starting with sheep and then converting to Angus cattle. They graze rotationally, constantly tweaking and adjusting their management and monitoring to make sure the […]

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Fall and Winter Alfalfa Grazing Tips

By   /  November 2, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Thanks to Brad Schick and Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Educators, and BeefWatch for this timely article! There is often fear associated with grazing alfalfa due to bloat potential or hurting the alfalfa stand. These are very valid concerns, but with additional management and timing alfalfa stands can provide supplemental forage. In a haying system during […]

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