Producers should examine pastures for post-tornado debris
Insulation and building debris from severe storm events such as the May 19-20 tornadoes that struck Oklahoma can litter pastures, causing potentially significant negative effects on livestock health and an agricultural operation’s economic bottom line. FULL STORY »
Another droughty summer forecast for West Texas
Though recent storms promised to reset the drought button for a large part of East Texas, the western half of the state will likely see below-normal precipitation from now through August, according to a Texas A&M University climatologist. FULL STORY »
If you are ready to bale it, have you planned to save it?
Beef producers should recognize the value of forages in their operations. Beef animals are ruminants and are designed to function on adequate supplies of good quality forage. FULL STORY »
Tight forage supplies are forcing changes in 2013 planting season
Summer annual forage seeds may not be available if producers wait too long to order their seed. FULL STORY »
Weed control in pastures and hay fields
Now that summer is upon us and some dry days have arrived, producers have started making hay. With this increase in activity, I have received quite a few calls regarding weed control in hay fields. FULL STORY »
Slow-growing pastures need more warmth, not added fertility
After a long, slow start, pasture grass just needs more time and warm weather. FULL STORY »
ASK THE EXPERT
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…