Grazing Improvement Act provides stability for ranchers

Livestock grazing is an important part of the rich ranching tradition in America, and my home state of Idaho produces some of the world’s finest tasting lamb and beef. I have been working for years to give ranchers the longevity and stability they deserve through my bill, the Grazing Improvement Act. I am pleased to report, with the help of many others, the bill passed the House of Representatives. FULL STORY »

Do you have to defer grazing on winter pastures?

How can ranchers improve profitability when feed typically represents well over half of cow-calf production costs? FULL STORY »

Texas climatologist expects hot, dry summer, relief in the fall

State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said there’s a chance that an El Niño might develop later this year, but even if it does, its effects will not be in time to offset another dry, hot summer. FULL STORY »

Cold and dry January impacts Oklahoma winter grazing

After starting with considerable promise last fall, winter wheat grazing conditions deteriorated dramatically in January. FULL STORY »

Get more out of your feed supply: Cover hay piles properly

Hay producers across the country are increasingly aware of the need to protect their alfalfa production from weather damage. FULL STORY »

Seed legumes on snowy frozen field, says MU forage specialist

Winter seeding clover over grass pastures works best in February. Frozen fields are ideal and a snow cover makes seeding easier. FULL STORY »

Eliminating grazing won't reduce impact of climate change

Eliminating grazing won't reduce the impact of climate change on rangeland, according to nearly 30 scientists in the western United States. FULL STORY »

Scouting for freeze injury to bermudagrass forage

It has been some time since winter temperatures were cold enough to cause concern for injury to bermudagrass pastures and hay fields, but this winter’s weather is in that category. FULL STORY »

West Texas and Coastal Bend ag producers facing challenges

The new year has found many Texas farmers and ranchers in West Texas and the Coastal Bend regions facing the same conditions they have experienced over the last three years: drought. FULL STORY »

Understanding pesticide regulations and record keeping

Everyone who handles pesticides must understand and abide by federal, state and local regulations to ensure the safety of themselves and those around application sites. FULL STORY »

K-State chemical weed control guide available

One of K-State Research and Extension’s most widely used publications is available online and through local extension offices. FULL STORY »

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My pastures were hit pretty hard by drought this season. What should I be looking for to help my pastures recover?

Matt McGowin, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist in the mid-South region:

Question: My pastures were hit pretty hard by drought this season. What should I be looking for to help my pastures recover?

Answer: Matt McGowin, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist in the mid-South region.Severe lack of moisture and record-setting heat in many parts of the country weakened plants, challenged weed control efforts and amplified plant stress from grazing. The result has been thinner stands of grass that will have a harder time competing with weeds.  Read More…


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