Harvest height for native grass forages

Native grasses have relatively low fertility requirements. The reason for this nutrient efficiency is not fully understood, but the high volume of underground organic matter produced by the vigorous root systems of these plants may be part of the explanation. FULL STORY »

Consider strategies to compensate for drought-stressed pastures

The open winter left many producers with more hay left over than expected. Producers should consider saving some of that hay in case drought conditions continue to develop. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

Grass tetany, causes and prevention

Grass growth is starting and one potential problem that can be encountered early in the grazing season by livestock is grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is caused by a low blood magnesium level in the affected animal. FULL STORY »

Nontoxic fescue varieties ready; produce more beef on fewer acres

Cattle producers facing fewer grazing acres for herd expansion can boost beef production with better grass. FULL STORY »

What’s in your Balage? Inadequate fermentation may risk Botulism

Round bale silage is an alternative to baling dry hay that allows shorter hay curing time and saves valuable nutrients in the face of approaching adverse weather conditions. FULL STORY »

The critical role of broadleaf pollinator plants in pastures

In February, grassland professionals from SDSU and Pheasants Forever were invited to address the annual SD Weed and Pest Conference about the role of pollinator species in grasslands. FULL STORY »

Better quality beef starts with improving the quality of the land

When Jake and Jondra Shadowen from Benton, Ky. got married 14 years ago, they decided to buy a 26-acre ranch with a goal of raising a healthy herd of cattle. Today, thanks to hard work and conservation, they maintain a strong herd of 26 cattle, up from 11 when they first began. FULL STORY »

Minimizing the risks of fescue toxicosis in cattle

Grazing fescue before it goes to seed and providing plenty of water and shade during the summer can help ranchers minimize the effects of endophyte-infected fescue forage, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Prevent the spread of invasive species

The USDA has proclaimed April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Here are some tips to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and bugs to your area and other regions of the country. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa’s benefits to livestock, soil worth the work

Soil testing is a necessity to reap the benefits of growing alfalfa for hay, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

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