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Have You Checked Out the Conservation Stewardship Program?

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  No Comments

Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Have you not gotten started because you weren’t quite sure what to do, or were lacking funding to implement practices? Well, the Natural Resources Conservation Service might be help with their Conservation […]

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Biodiversity Makes Us Stronger and More Resilient

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

Biodiversity – like having lots of different plants, bugs and wildlife in our pastures, some of which we might not even like – doesn’t always make managing our grazing  easy. But before we wish away all that “difference,” here’s a story from the news desk at the Smithsonian Institute describing the important role biodiversity can […]

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Saving a Chicken Saves Cattle and Ranchers

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Saving a Chicken Saves Cattle and Ranchers

What do cattle and lesser prairie-chickens have in common? They both love grasslands. But grasslands are in trouble. Thanks to decades of fire suppression, redcedars, shinnery oak and mesquite are progressing steadily across the prairie. Open grasslands can become closed-canopy forests in as little as 40 years. And that’s a big problem for the bird, […]

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Science Says Post-Fire Grazing on Rangelands Is Not Harmful

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Current federal regulations recommending that rangelands be rested from grazing for two seasons after fire are not supported by science. In fact, the research shows that healthy prairie ecosystems require grazing and fire. When tested on the ground, evidence shows that moderate post-fire grazing causes few impacts on northern mixed-grass prairie vegetation. That’s the conclusion […]

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When Livestock Eat Weeds You Have 43% More Forage*

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  12 Comments

It’s that time of year when I remind you that you can teach your ruminant livestock to eat your weeds so that you have as much as 43% more forage, and you don’t have to worry about herbicide. Training a group of 50 animals to eat weeds takes just 8 hours spread over 7 days […]

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