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Find news and information for advice and tips on pasture and rangeland.

Industry

New crop insurance option protects producers of livestock feed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture established the Rainfall Index Annual Forage Plan in May 2013. The program offers castrophic risk and/or buy-up coverage to producers who annually plant crops used for livestock feed or fodder, including grasses and mixed forages such as ryegrass and sorghum-sudangrass, and small grains like wheat, rye and oats.

Pasture and Rangeland

Cattle transitioning to wheat require acclimation period

One scenario that producers may be faced with in cool-season stocker cattle production is whether or not to continue grazing with a set of cattle through graze-out or to sell these cattle and replace them with lighter calves. An observation that has been made when turning cattle out on lush wheat pastures is that a transition occurs in which cattle may only maintain or even lose weight for a period of time.

News

From the board room: A focus on forage

Earlier in 2015, Drovers CattleNetwork introduced its first advisory board comprised of leaders from different segments of the industry and different regions across the country. The board will be called upon from time to time to provide input on the magazine, but more importantly, they’ll be sharing their insight on various subjects with our readers.The April issue of the magazine was focused on forage management so we asked our board members how they maximize forage resources available in their area to best meet their cattle’s needs. Here’s what they had to say.

Industry

Early season grazing targets Kentucky Bluegrass

Early season grazing could be an effective way to control Kentucky bluegrass, North Dakota State University researchers and Extension Service specialists say.

Industry

Spring grazing management

Well begun is half done is an old saying that is used to capture the importance of making a thoughtful, planned and managed beginning to a project. That type of beginning can reduce or eliminate later problems, saving time and money. All of this holds true for use of our pasture resource. A good beginning with attention to spring grazing management can help to insure that our summer and fall pasture forages will be more productive. A gross oversimplification of grazing management during the spring period is to minimize seedheads, and rotate through paddocks quickly. Let's take a closer look at the plant physiology behind each of these management directives.

Pasture and Rangeland

Noxious weed control

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.

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