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Can Cover Crops and Rotational Grazing Extend Your Grazing Season?

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to the UDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service for sharing this story and the photos with us! Jared Namken is an Angus man. Red Angus, specifically. A fourth-generation farmer-rancher in Lake Norden, South Dakota, he hopes to pass on his operation to generation five with the soil in even better shape than when he started. […]

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Healing Soils With Cover Crops and Cattle

By   /  August 20, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Here’s a 4:13 video from the Land Stewardship Program’s Bridge to Soil Health Initiative. In it, Kaleb Anderson shows how he uses “sacrifice” pastures planted in cover crops to keep his cattle off their hilly pastures in the spring to prevent erosion and eliminate topsoil loss.Then to counteract the damage done, he lets it heal […]

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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  /  4 Comments

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  /  Comments Off on Improving Soil Means Adapting Ideas and Working With People

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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