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How to Beat Back a Weed to Get Better Forage and Wildlife Habitat

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, 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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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, NRCS, 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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