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Aspirin Takes the Headache Out of Establishing Sustainable Pastures

By   /  July 26, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  3 Comments

It seems like there is a lot of good research results becoming available right now. In June, we learned how plants develop “memories” to adapt and survive heat stress. This week we find out that native grasses may benefit from a headache cure! Researchers at Curtin University in Perth, Australia have shown how a readily […]

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Alfalfa: A Winner for Producers and the Environment

By   /  July 12, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Here’s some good news about how alfalfa can feed our livestock and our soils. Thanks to Scott Elliott, ARS Office of Communications, for this story. Alfalfa has a long history as the go-to feed for farm animals and poultry. Aquaculture has also discovered the power of alfalfa by refining it into a high-protein fish food. […]

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Feed Alternatives When Drought Puts a Halt to Forage Production

By   /  June 28, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

This week’s report on forage and drought conditions in North Dakota provides some good information for everyone suffering from drought conditions, and that includes a large swath of the United States this year. Nearly 10% of the contiguous U.S. is now in “exceptional drought,” the highest for that designation since 2011. Soil moisture conditions continue […]

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How Plants Can Beat the Heat: Their Memory Mechanism for Adapting to Heat Stress

By   /  June 21, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But what if you’re a plant and that’s just not possible? It turns out they have other options. Researchers from Japan have discovered that plants can gain heat tolerance to better adapt to future heat stress, thanks to a particular mechanism for heat stress […]

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What’s the Impact of Grazing Without Recovery Periods?

By   /  June 14, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

This is a little inspiration for thinking about your grazing management and what your goals are.  In this two minute, time lapse video you’ll see how continuous grazing impacts the overall production of a forage grass –  orchardgrass in this case. The plant on the left is “grazed” (clipped) every week regardless of whether or […]

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