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So, Which Is It – Drought Planning or Weed Management?

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

John Marble plans for drought every year and some years, like this one, he has to implement that plan. Now, he’s seeing some real changes in the weed component of his pastures, making him wonder – is he managing for drought or to get rid of weeds?

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Diversity in Pasture Plants Has Big Effects on Herd and Flock Health

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  11 Comments

Before I began farming, I was an oceanographer. I used to study tiny, planktonic crustaceans called copepods that feed on microscopic algae, at the base of the food chain, and are themselves consumed by fishes. Some 70 percent of all fishes in the ocean eat copepods at some time in their lives. So naturally, oceanographers […]

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Fire Up Your Beef Production

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

“Fire can be used as a tool, but fire is not a tool. Fire is part of the ecosystem process and it is just as important as rainfall on the land.” See what the benefits are and how you can get started.

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Have You Checked Out the Conservation Stewardship Program?

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Have You Checked Out the Conservation Stewardship Program?

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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