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Cow/Calf Producer

Grass farmer first, beef producer second: Rotate, let it grow, rotate, let it grow…

“You have to first take care of your land before it can take care of you.” But sometimes this presents itself as a challenge for cattle producers, especially when Mother Nature deals tough cards of drought and unfavorable growing conditions. One way cattle producers can take care of their land while maximizing forage potential is through rotational grazing.

Cow Calf

Springtime mud impact and management

Earth surface feedlots and springtime in Iowa typically don’t go well together. When temperatures start to warm above freezing and ground begins to thaw, any additional moisture can create mud issues. Of course spring is not the only time mud can be an issue.

Pasture and Rangeland

Frost seeding to improve pasture and hayfield quality

As I look at the weather forecast this week, it appears that spring is arriving. One task that is well suited to the transition time between winter and spring is frost seeding. Frost seeding involves broadcasting seed over a pasture or hay field area and letting the natural freeze/thaw cycles of late winter and early spring help to move the seed into good contact with the soil.

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