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Using Wood Ash to Improve Pasture Soils and Forages

By   /  June 28, 2021  /  From the On Pasture Library, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Graziers in many parts of the country often deal with acidic soils that are low in several nutrients. In many parts of the United States and Canada, farmers could improve their pastures by occasionally applying wood ash. Wood ash is a byproduct of several industries that burn wood for energy to make electricity, steam, or […]

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I’ve Got This Weed In My Pasture. What Does It Tell Me About My Soil?

By   /  June 7, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Can weeds tell you about soil health issues? Well, yes and no. I’ve got a lot of experience with weeds since I’ve spent the last 17 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does well […]

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What’s Your Soil’s Texture?

By   /  May 24, 2021  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on What’s Your Soil’s Texture?

Figuring out your soil’s texture is as easy as mud pie. Here we show you how to do a little hands on testing.

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Predatory Soil Bacteria Hunt Like Vampires and Wolves, Helping Move Carbon Through the Soil

By   /  May 17, 2021  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Predatory Soil Bacteria Hunt Like Vampires and Wolves, Helping Move Carbon Through the Soil

Scientists studying soils are working hard to help us understand what’s going on underneath our feet. It looks like some of what’s happening is a lot like what happens above ground, only on a microscopic scale, with predators hunting and eating prey. While we’ve known about these interactions, we now know that it is part […]

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Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

In the past we’ve written about research that shows plants are better at reducing soil compaction than subsoilers. But how do can they do that? Well, today’s story gives us the answer courtesy of researchers at Duke University. Thanks to Robin Smith and Veronique Koch for this excellent story! Be sure to watch the roots […]

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