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Take a Deeper Look at Soil Health

By   /  June 29, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Dr. Ray Weil has spent his whole life looking at and learning about soils and how they work to keep us all fed. In fact, he literally wrote the book on soils. He has a message for farmers and ranchers concerned about how their soils affect forage growth and profitability: Think deeper. Think about more […]

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Updates on Projects to Manage Weeds and Turn a Dying Timber Stand Into Pasture

By   /  June 22, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

  I am often reminded of my old professor Dr. Breakey, especially lately as I review the results of two recent “field experiments.” Project 1: What in Tar(weed)Nation? Managing a New Weed Last spring I wrote about a massive invasion of Tarweed that had dominated a large chunk of the ranch. Those nasty plants interfered […]

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Grazing for Soil Health

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to the folks with NRCS’s “Unlock the Secrets of Soil Health” for their part in developing this article. The abandoned cotton farm Terry and Deborah Chandler purchased was in need of a lot of care. The fields were¬† highly eroded, and the top soil was absent. Rebuilding soil health was the first thing on […]

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Water, Minerals and Shade – Where Should You Put Them in Pasture?

By   /  June 1, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Water, mineral and shade – all are important to raising healthy livestock. They are also three things that your stock visit often so it’s important to balance convenience for the animal with the potential problems they can cause. For example, putting them all in one spot can encourage animals to stay in one place causing […]

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Fences Grow More Grass

By   /  May 25, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Shannon Carmichael thought her husband Bart was crazy when he started fencing the ranch first to half sections and then to quarter sections. “This is not how things are supposed to be done. We ride out, we gather, we calve cattle.” But as the pasture sizes began shrinking, she realized that there was a lot […]

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