Adding forage options with summer annuals

Warm-season annuals are excellent options to consider as a way to increase a farm or ranch’s forage production. These are a group of annual grasses that perform best during the warmest part of the summer and are typically planted in June or July. FULL STORY »

Mizzou tool helps farmers decide on pasture insurance

Is pasture insurance right for your farm? The answer could be yes, no or maybe. University of Missouri Extension recently launched an online tool that can help farmers decide if purchasing pasture, range and forage (PRF) insurance makes sense for their operation. FULL STORY »

Maximize profits through better management

Crop producers have experienced record-high prices for their commodities the past few years—so how are some of these producers still losing money? Although weather can play a role in crop and profit loss, management also plays a major role in profitability. FULL STORY »

To-do list for flooded fields

Excessive rainfall and flooding has many South Dakota crop producers concerned about the future of their crops. SDSU Extension is here to help, explained Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist. FULL STORY »

Growing-season prescribed burns offer many benefits

The summer months of June through September are often overlooked as months to conduct prescribed burns. Many land managers believe growing-season prescribed burns are ineffective because green vegetation will not burn FULL STORY »

June pasture management

June is often a transition time for pasture management. Generally in early June moisture and temperature are still favorable for good cool season grass growth. If seed heads have not been clipped off then grasses are in reproductive growth and rapidly maturing. As seed heads mature, forage quality declines. FULL STORY »

Herbicides control blackberries

June is usually the best month to control blackberries in pastures and rangeland in the Southern Great Plains. Non-ranchers reading this may wonder why anyone would want to kill a plant that produces such tasty fruit. FULL STORY »

USDA reviews policy options to meet Chesapeake Bay TMDL limits

While agricultural producers across the nation invest time and money to voluntarily implement conservation practices, sometimes they are faced with complying with mandatory federal regulations, like the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that was established by EPA in 2010. FULL STORY »

Managing through drought conditions

Farmers and ranchers have become accustomed to managing through adverse conditions, and drought certainly falls into that category. During the last half of 2010 and the first few months of 2011, most producers have had to manage through drought conditions. FULL STORY »

Controlling common mullein in pastures

Common mullein is a biennial species that produces rosettes during its first year of growth. During the second year, common mullein bolts, matures and produces seed. Apply herbicides at the rosette stage during periods of active growth, and use a surfactant to help the herbicide penetrate the extremely hairy leaf surface. FULL STORY »

Grass growing strategy for the rest of the year

The highs and lows of pasture growth over the past three years have shown one thing is for certain. Producers following a good pasture management strategy have a more consistent supply of forage than those that rely only on Mother Nature. FULL STORY »

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