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The Wildfire and Weed Cycle – What We Know About Slowing the Growth of Both

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Justin Fritscher of the NRCS for this great information! Out West, wildfires and weeds are closely linked. The spread of invasive grasses is leading to more frequent and intense wildfires. These invasive grasses degrade the health of native rangelands, which threatens both wildlife and rural¬†ways of life. An estimated 100 million acres of […]

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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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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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