Fitting annual forages into a crop rotation

Crop rotations may benefit from high yielding forages that are harvested as silage or hay and marketed to livestock producers. Traditionally producers have focused on a few common crops for forage and silage production, such as corn and alfalfa, and for good reason. FULL STORY »

Ranch drought prep – plan for the worst and hope for the best

“The drought is far from being over at this point,” says Kansas State University Beef Veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis in an interview with K-State Radio Network and Agriculture Today. “If you look at the forecast, I don’t see much on the horizon that makes me think we’re not going to have another dry year.” FULL STORY »

High Plains feedlot disaster prevention project in full swing

Spending $1.4 million in 18 months, West Texas planners have taken steps in the right direction to help area producers avoid major consequences caused by natural and man-made disasters. These tasks were accomplished with the help of an advisory committee made up of business leaders, county judges and other emergency management offices. FULL STORY »

Consider growing teff grass

“Have you considered teff grass?” This is a growing response to those who are looking for more crop choices in their operations. In Western South Dakota the growing interest is linked to no-till systems and cover crops. FULL STORY »

Cattle producers need to watch out for grass tetany

With spring finally arriving pastures are beginning to green up. For most cattle producers, that is a welcome event that leads to less reliance on feeding hay. FULL STORY »

USDA announces $20 million feral swine control program

Destructive, disease ridden, razorback – all words used to describe feral swine that are rapidly becoming a growing nuisance to farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Helpful tips reduce risk of pesticide drift

As long as pesticides have been used, off-target spray drift has been a potential problem. As we move into the busiest time of year for pesticide applications, it is a good time for a brief review of the primary types of pesticide drift and some tips on how to minimize them. FULL STORY »

2014 Nebraska ranch practicum accepting applications

The 2014 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Natural resources, livestock management and economic reality are integrated throughout the Practicum. FULL STORY »

Grazing winter small grains

Grazing winter small grains can be an easy and profitable way to start grazing early in the season, but requires proper management of the crop and livestock for success. FULL STORY »

Keys to establishing summer forages

The window of opportunity to plant summer annual forages is at hand while it is closing for most perennial warm-season forages. It is recommended that perennials be planted by mid-May. However, there may still be time to establish perennial forages if moisture is good and the forecast remains promising for the next 30 to 60 days. FULL STORY »

Variety selection in forage planning

Although the calendar says spring has arrived, the hot topic of discussion by most farmers will probably get to the weather forecast faster than you can say, “A long, hard winter.” FULL STORY »

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