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Why Plant a Prairie? Restoration Versus Conservation with Dr. Dave Wedin

By   /  August 31, 2020  /    /  No Comments

This seminar contrasts two approaches to maintaining prairies and suggests their goals and methods overlap extensively. We will need both approaches to meet the challenges our prairie landscapes face in future decades. The Center for Grassland Studies’ Fall Seminar Series features guest lecturers who speak on topics related to the Center’s mission: future challenges in […]

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Patch Burning Means Fewer Fences, Better Grazing Management and Improved Wildlife Habitat

By   /  April 20, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

Ranchers on the tallgrass prairie traditionally burn their pastures each spring before summer grazing. After fire, plants grow more quickly, and the new growth is very nutritious. But the practice is problematic for migratory birds. It reduces nesting and feeding habitat just when they need it most. So, how can ranchers balance getting great forage […]

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Grasslands and the Herds that Graze Them Provide Critical Ecosystem Services

By   /  March 30, 2020  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Grasslands and the Herds that Graze Them Provide Critical Ecosystem Services

Cattle play a vital role out on the landscapes for grasslands. They mimic in many ways what historic bison used to do. That’s why we need cattle out on the landscape. Marshall Johnson Vice President Audubon Society The Audubon Society knows all about the important role livestock play in protecting grassland habitat for birds and […]

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From Brush to Grass – Conservation Practices Pay Off

By   /  February 10, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

Here’s another in our series of “Everything old is new again.” This story by Homer A. Taff, former State Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service, comes to us from the November 1, 1961 edition of  “Soil Conservation,” a publication of the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service). The practices, which some might […]

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The Key to This Ranch’s Successful Grazing Strategy? People!

By   /  February 3, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

When we talk about grazing management, we usually think about how to manage livestock, and we think of forage and the soil below it. But there’s one more factor to consider – people – and that’s the key to the success of Bill and Dana Milton. The Miltons raise Angus cattle on 15,000 acres of […]

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