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What can we expect from forage cover crops?

There are (and should be) variable growth and production patterns for forage cover crops. Since forage cover crops are planted following grain crop production, their growth is influenced by the amount of light penetration (affected by residue amount), water availability (including soil moisture plus precipitation), appropriate growth temperature (planting date and accumulated growing degree days), and soil fertility (residual N and availability of nutrients). Based on the grain crop they follow, any combination of these conditions can limit forage cover crop growth.

Pasture and Rangeland

Rangeland management practices you can do this winter

As the holiday festivities have almost come and gone, those of us who are used to spending time outdoors may become a little bit stir-crazy! Even though the plants may be dormant, our management practices do not have to be. Below are some winter practices to consider for land and livestock improvement.

Advice and Tips

Got worms???

As you manage cattle on grass, you are also managing gastrointestinal parasites.

Pasture and Rangeland

Winter grazing on upland rangelands

Year-round cattle grazing is an important management consideration in the Nebraska Sandhills and western Nebraska. With proper protein and mineral supplementation, cattle can be successfully grazed on dormant winter forage without high inputs of harvested feeds.

Pasture and Rangeland

El Niño may boost cool-season pasture weeds

The summer of 2015 will long be remembered for the consistency and amount of rainfall received. This was a great benefit for the crop farmer, but made life exceedingly difficult for the hay farmer. With all this rain I saw many pastures that were “soggy” all summer. Bahiagrass is a durable and highly persistent grass that can tolerate periodic flooding.

Pasture and Rangeland

First frost means hold the grazing on johnsongrass

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing across much of Arkansas by this weekend, which should prompt cattle producers to use caution before allowing livestock to graze fields of johnsongrass. Prussic acid (hydrocyanic acid) can result from the frost and can be toxic to the livestock.

Cattle Feeding

Grazing Bites, November 2015

The fall grass is a little greener after some small rain showers in late October. It is always surprising how fast grass responds to a little bit of water. I didn’t take the time to actually take any clippings, but after two small rains, which together totaled more than I’d had since July, the regrowth was very obvious and I would guestimate an increase of 400-500 pounds of dry matter per acre where, of course, good stop grazing heights were maintained.

Drovers Cow/Calf

Winter readiness checklist

At the time of this writing, Bozeman is experiencing its first days of snowfall this season. Are you ready for winter? Here are some items to consider for your cow herd winter readiness.  

Pasture and Rangeland

False Sense of Security: Hay quality mixed

This spring’s weather made hay making a challenge. Some hay was put up in the stretch of good weatherof May, but most hay was cut late due to the constant June rains. This has led to some interesting forage hay analyses.

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