May 15, 2017

Runaway Grass – What Can You Do?

If you’re looking out at pastures that are growing so fast you don’t know how to keep up, here are some tips for managing your grazing so that you slow the speed that forage matures, and you maintain quality forage.

May 1, 2017

What Do Different Plants Tell Us About Our Soils and How to Improve Them?

Greg Brann, Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Specialist in Tennessee, recently sent some information out to his local farmers about “indicator plants” along with some tips for how to use that information to improve soil health and pasture quality.  It’s good information for everyone to consider. What Are Indicator Plants? Indicator Plants are plants that, […]

April 3, 2017

Autumn Olive – Friend or Foe?

Here’s how Greg Judy manages Autumn Olive in his pastures to take advantage of it for nitrogen fixation and soil building as well as forage. Check the map in the article to see if it’s in your area, and if not, consider these techniques for managing other brushy species.

January 16, 2017

New Brush Control Philosophy Works for Ranchers

This is a good example of how changing our thinking can help us deal with brush economically and efficiently by using our tools to work with mother nature.

October 31, 2016

Forty Plus Years of No-Till and Cover Crop Success

Think no-till is a new deal? Well not to Jimmy Standefer. He planted his first no-till cover crop in 1967. It was a failure. It took a couple of years for him to get his Dad to let him try it again. But the second try was a huge success and after that there was […]

October 10, 2016

How to Manage Bitterweed in Pasture

One of our On Pasture readers in east Texas wrote us to get some ideas for controlling bitterweed on her place. She raises natural sheep and hay, so would prefer not to use herbicides. But she now has one four-acre pasture that is about 80% bitterweed and pulling and burning it is very time consuming. […]

October 3, 2016

Congress Says “Cows Eat Salted Weeds”

On Pasture reader Kirk Cunningham wanted to know if I had ever found studies on cows grazing teasel. I knew of nothing off the top of my head, so I spent quite some time searching the internet. The only thing I found was from the 1945 Congressional Record. Sandwiched between remarks on the results of […]

September 26, 2016

Manage Fall Grazing to Prevent Spring Weeds

Uh-Oh! Grazing your pastures too short this fall could mean more weeds next spring!

September 12, 2016

Grazing Reduces Yellow Starthistle

With its 2-inch long spines, you might think that it’s not a plant that livestock would graze. But studies show that cattle, goats and sheep can graze it and help control it.

March 21, 2016

Spring “To Do” List for Grass Managers

As winter loosens its surly grip and dreams of spring abound, it’s a good time to remind yourself how important it is to actively managing your grass and forage resources. There is no secret formula and only one rule: Think grass first. If you ask yourself “what’s best in the long term for my forage […]

February 8, 2016

High Density Grazing for Spotted Knapweed Suppression

Spraying herbicides wasn’t doing the job of reducing spotted knapweed and was just reducing legumes and other forbs in pasture. So Jim decided to work with his cattle to take care of the problem and create healthier pastures. The results were tremendous!

December 21, 2015

Can Cows Eat Woolly Croton?

When I was in Grapevine, Texas last week, lots of folks asked me if they could use my training technique to teach cows to eat Woolly Croton. Woolly Croton (Croton capitatus) is also known as goat weed or dove weed, because dove, quail and turkeys love the seeds it produces. That means that hunters appreciate […]

November 16, 2015

I Know You Paid A Lot of Money, But It Just Doesn’t Work

That’s pretty much what the research, and a decade of experience has shown me about using herbicides to control weeds. More about that, plus an alternative that actually works.

November 9, 2015

Great “Grass Farmers” Grow Roots

If you go to enough workshops about grazing, you’re bound to see an illustration that shows how biting off the tops of plants impacts their roots, and how if you graze short enough, the plant won’t have enough roots to rebound and produce more leafy material. In fact, if you’ve been with us at On Pasture for […]

June 29, 2015

A Green Light for Post-fire Grazing

For folks grazing rangelands in the west, a fire can mean that public land managers will require them to keep their livestock off the range for 2 years. But research that shows that’s not necessary for healthy rangelands. Check it out!

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