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How to Beat Back a Weed to Get Better Forage and Wildlife Habitat

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Like almost every grazier, Dee (DeWitt) Morris has a problem weed. For him and his Mountain Springs Ranch in Wyoming, it’s cheatgrass, an annual grass that can out-compete and eliminate nutritious native forages for livestock and wildlife, and disrupt processes that create healthy soils. And the problem, left unmanaged only gets worse with time. Cheatgrass […]

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Improving Soil Means Adapting Ideas and Working With People

By   /  July 23, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Today I have two videos for you from JP and Holly Heber who raise row crops and cattle in east-central South Dakota. They’re talking about their no till and cover crops and how they’ve managed to improve their soils, increase water holding capacity, and reduce erosion. If you listen closely, they’re also telling the a […]

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Bury Your Briefs: Discover the Keys to Soil Health “Tighty Whitey” Style

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Kara Pugsley and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition for sharing this article with us! South Dakota farmers are planting something new to test soil quality – their tighty whities. They start with a few pairs of clean 100 percent cotton briefs, bury them a couple inches in the soil, and dig them […]

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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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Let’s Waste Grass With Jim Gerrish – Part 2

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

This piece is drawn from a presentation Jim Gerrish did in 2015 sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center. We’ve embedded the 15:20 video of the presentation where Jim talks about the benefits of “wasting grass.” We’re also summarizing it in two bite size articles to make it easier for all you farmers and ranchers on […]

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