Fall rest for native grass forages

Like many warm-season perennials, native grasses need rest prior to fall dormancy. This rest period allows the grass to store adequate energy (carbohydrates) in the root systems to overwinter successfully. FULL STORY »

Parasites take a bite out of profits

Internal parasites in cattle—often called worms—eat away at the performance and marbling potential in fed cattle, even when they’re dewormed properly at arrival. That’s according to research at Iowa State University (ISU), which also suggests deworming stockers or preconditioned calves as a “best management” approach. FULL STORY »

Managing nitrogen in pastures

Nitrogen is the most limiting plant nutrient in agriculture due to the rapid turnover of nitrogenous compounds by soil microbial communities and limited storage availability within the soil matrix. FULL STORY »

Plan now for stockpiling tall fescue

Even with as hot as it has been this summer, now is the time to start thinking about feeding your cows this winter. FULL STORY »

Making it work for land and livestock owners in a grazing lease

Pasture leases can be a tricky business or a great opportunity for both the land and livestock owners. Pat Reece, professor emeritus and now a consultant and owner of Prairie and Montane Enterprises, understands this from years of experience working with producers. FULL STORY »

Establishing cover crops as annual forages in hail-damaged crop

Several areas of the state have a significant amount of weather-related damage, including wind and hail to both corn and soybean fields. Not only has grain production been reduced or eliminated, but much of the residue usually available as a winter forage resource has been lost. FULL STORY »

Sustainable beef starts with grass

Much of the recent discussion on sustainability was spurred by the March report from the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (see link below), the details of which Carroll covered well in her article. FULL STORY »

Small grain stubble can extend the grazing season

Small grain stubble has provided cattlemen with a fall grazing alternative, however this roughage source has dwindled for years since the “corn-soybean rotation” replaced many of those small grain acres. FULL STORY »

Fall grazing of cover crops

If you are considering planting a cover crop after grain harvest, consider whether the planting might also serve as fall forage for livestock. Cover crops planted after harvesting a major cash crop can serve multiple benefits. FULL STORY »

Cotton root rot inhibits alfalfa stand longevity

Alfalfa is considered one of the world's most important forage crops because of its high nutritive value and ease of incorporation into year-round grazing systems. FULL STORY »

Bermudagrass stem maggot invades Southern states

Since first being identified in Georgia, the bermudagrass stem maggot has been busy expanding its territory west. It has been confirmed in Mississippi, Arkansas and east Texas, and has reportedly been found in Oklahoma. FULL STORY »

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