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 »

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 »

Economics of using mesquite biomass for electricity generation

Using mesquite biomass for electricity generation may become economically feasible if ecological and agricultural factors are considered, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research paper being published in the BioEnergy Research journal. FULL STORY »

Evaluate alfalfa stands for winter injury

As alfalfa stands break dormancy and begin growth, growers should make plans to take some time to evaluate the health of those stands and determine if there was winter injury. FULL STORY »

Baleage: Fermenting forage

This high moisture, fermented forage product has been catching attention in parts of the country where baling a dry hay crop can be close to impossible. FULL STORY »

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 »

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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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