In cool spring, hold cows off pasture until growth is adequate

At the first sign of green grass growing in pastures, farmers will be tempted to turn in livestock for grazing. FULL STORY »

Replacing toxic fescue boosts beef gains

Killing Kentucky 31 fescue pastures takes planning and patience. That’s required before seeding new nontoxic replacement forage. FULL STORY »

AgriLife Extension unveils new feral hog management app

For many farmers and ranchers, it may seem as though feral hogs are well on their way to taking over the country. FULL STORY »

Control weeds now for better pastures this summer

With no green showing in the pasture, few livestock producers are thinking about weed control, but now is the ideal time to control troublesome pasture weeds. FULL STORY »

Make a down payment on this growing season with frost seeding

Growers can broadcast legume and brassica seeds in late winter to produce inexpensive cover, forage and fertility for years to come. FULL STORY »

Quick spring forage crops

Spring oats (not winter oats) may provide a fairly quick spring forage crop. FULL STORY »

The cold temperatures and alfalfa

Concern always arises in cold periods over winter about the effect of the low temperatures on alfalfa winter survival. FULL STORY »

The value of hay as fertilizer

This time of year, many producers are feeding cows hay. Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow? FULL STORY »

Grazing Improvement Act provides stability for ranchers

Livestock grazing is an important part of the rich ranching tradition in America, and my home state of Idaho produces some of the world’s finest tasting lamb and beef. I have been working for years to give ranchers the longevity and stability they deserve through my bill, the Grazing Improvement Act. I am pleased to report, with the help of many others, the bill passed the House of Representatives. FULL STORY »

Do you have to defer grazing on winter pastures?

How can ranchers improve profitability when feed typically represents well over half of cow-calf production costs? FULL STORY »

Texas climatologist expects hot, dry summer, relief in the fall

State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said there’s a chance that an El Niño might develop later this year, but even if it does, its effects will not be in time to offset another dry, hot summer. 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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