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Want to Know How Much Forage You’ll Have This Summer? Check Out Grass-Cast

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Every spring, ranchers face the same difficult challenge—trying to guess how much grass will be available for livestock to graze during the upcoming summer. Now an innovative new Grassland Productivity Forecast or “Grass-Cast” has published its first forecast to help producers in the Northern Great Plains reduce this economically important source of uncertainty. This new, […]

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Is Seeding for New Forages in Your Future?

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

Are you thinking about seeding for improved summer forages? Are you wondering what to seed, how much to seed and how to prepare the seedbed? Here are some tips to think about from Ed Rayburn, West Virginia University Extension Specialist, and a few good places you can go to get advice that’s right for you […]

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What Kinds of Forages Are Good in Grassfed Systems?

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  3 Comments

This article comes to us from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) and Jan Holder’s book, “How to Direct Market Your Beef.” Jan and her husband took over management of their family ranch in 1992. Their plan was to “whip the ranch into shape in a few months and then spend the next […]

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Diversity in Pasture Plants Has Big Effects on Herd and Flock Health

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  11 Comments

Before I began farming, I was an oceanographer. I used to study tiny, planktonic crustaceans called copepods that feed on microscopic algae, at the base of the food chain, and are themselves consumed by fishes. Some 70 percent of all fishes in the ocean eat copepods at some time in their lives. So naturally, oceanographers […]

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Moderate Grazing Repairs Soils

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Thanks to Dennis O’Brien and researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service for their assistance on this article. Decades of plowing throughout the Piedmont region of the United States have degraded the soil, allowing much of it to be washed away, and robbing what is left of nutrients and organic matter. Sorghum, cotton, soybean, and […]

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