John Deere’s 2014 product launch heavy in hay equipment

More than tractors off the assembly lines at John Deere these days. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

Boxers or Briefs? Underwear buried to demonstrate unhealthy soil

Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. FULL STORY »

Grazing after the growing season

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? FULL STORY »

Alfalfa winterkill? Use warm season grasses as emergency forage

As hay prices and demand for forages remain high, incentives have been developed to increase productivity in forage systems, especially alfalfa. FULL STORY »

Fall rest for native grass forages

Like many warm-season perennials, native grasses need rest prior to fall dormancy. This rest period allows the grass to store adequate energy (carbohydrates) in the root systems to overwinter successfully. FULL STORY »

Parasites take a bite out of profits

Internal parasites in cattle—often called worms—eat away at the performance and marbling potential in fed cattle, even when they’re dewormed properly at arrival. That’s according to research at Iowa State University (ISU), which also suggests deworming stockers or preconditioned calves as a “best management” approach. FULL STORY »

Managing nitrogen in pastures

Nitrogen is the most limiting plant nutrient in agriculture due to the rapid turnover of nitrogenous compounds by soil microbial communities and limited storage availability within the soil matrix. FULL STORY »

Plan now for stockpiling tall fescue

Even with as hot as it has been this summer, now is the time to start thinking about feeding your cows this winter. FULL STORY »

Making it work for land and livestock owners in a grazing lease

Pasture leases can be a tricky business or a great opportunity for both the land and livestock owners. Pat Reece, professor emeritus and now a consultant and owner of Prairie and Montane Enterprises, understands this from years of experience working with producers. FULL STORY »

Establishing cover crops as annual forages in hail-damaged crop

Several areas of the state have a significant amount of weather-related damage, including wind and hail to both corn and soybean fields. Not only has grain production been reduced or eliminated, but much of the residue usually available as a winter forage resource has been lost. FULL STORY »

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