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Grazing for Soil Health

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Grazing for Soil Health

Thanks to the folks with NRCS’s “Unlock the Secrets of Soil Health” for their part in developing this article. The abandoned cotton farm Terry and Deborah Chandler purchased was in need of a lot of care. The fields were  highly eroded, and the top soil was absent. Rebuilding soil health was the first thing on […]

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Rotational Grazing System Increases Profit and Resilience

By   /  May 4, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  Comments Off on Rotational Grazing System Increases Profit and Resilience

“With rotational grazing, what really turned me onto it and got me into it was, honestly, the economic value of it, obviously in dollar signs. I was thinking, “Oh, if we do rotational grazing I automatically should be able to put so many more pairs on a piece of pasture. That’s true to a certain […]

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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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Never-Fail Rules for Grazing

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

Shortly after I joined the NRCS about twelve years ago, a retired NRCS Grazing Specialist by the name of Steve Hibinger was assigned to me to “show me the ropes.” One of the things he taught me about grazing in Ohio thas stuck with me all this time. If I could teach it to every […]

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This Farmer Finds Annual Pastures Are a Great Option for Soil and Animal Health

By   /  February 17, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on This Farmer Finds Annual Pastures Are a Great Option for Soil and Animal Health

Tim Tobin started planting annuals for two reasons. First, he wanted to transition some crop fields to perennial pastures and annuals were a good first step. He also wanted to smother out the Kentucky 31 fescue in some of his pastures. He liked the results so much, that it looks like annuals will become a […]

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