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 »

Shortening the Breeding and Calving Season

Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at weaning, and that advantage often carries through to harvest, if the producer retains ownership. FULL STORY »

Spring planted forage cocktails for beef cattle

Late March or early April is the time to plant spring forage cocktails for beef cattle grazing. Spring forage cocktails can be planted as a way of shortening fallow time between crop rotations or they could be planted as part of a series of annual forage crops to be used through the grazing season. 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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