Noxious Weed Control in pastures is becoming more of a challenge. Many commercial spray businesses are no longer spraying pastures, and if they are, there may be restrictions on the time and products they will spray, or they may only work with you if they also have the rest of your spraying business. However, it is still the law to control noxious weeds. Not being able to find a commercial applicator is not a valid reason to not control noxious weeds.
Jamie Scott participated in a roundtable on climate change and agriculture with USDA Secretary Vilsack in East Lansing, Michigan on April 23rd, 2015. Mr. Scott is the Chairman of the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
This is part four of a rotational grazing series from the March issues of Drovers CattleNetwork and Cow/Calf Producer. Rotational grazing helped Sherwood Acres Farm get a successful start when starting a niche beef operation from scratch.
By Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Warm, dry conditions in the month of March have dried out the top soil in many parts of central and western Nebraska. While there is still adequate subsoil moisture in many locations, the pattern of above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation is concerning. In addition, below-average snowpack conditions are an ominous sign looking toward potential precipitation as spring continues.
By Connor Orrock, Kansas State University Extension
The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways. Flash forward to today: research from Kansas State University on this staple resource could help ensure profitable years ahead for stocker producers.
This is part three of a rotational grazing series from the March issues of Drovers CattleNetwork and Cow/Calf Producer. The implementation of a rotational-grazing program has helped BitterSweet Acres increase its carrying capacity of pastures by 35 percent since the Woods first started in 1999, while weathering tough drought conditions.
By Pete Bauman, Karla Hernandez and Sandy Smart, iGrow
Part 5 of the Grassland Fertilization Series discussed the effects of fertilization on native grassland plantings. This last installment addresses the options for fertilization on low diversity exotic grassland plantings.