Conservation and Restoration

Make preparations this fall to sod-seed pastures and hay meadows

Pastures and hay meadows provide higher quality feed, are more productive, and cheaper to grow if they have good forage legumes growing in them. FULL STORY »

Manage grazing use in Riparian areas to prevent damage

"Riparian" is derived from the Latin term riparius, which means "at the water's edge" and refers to the narrow green zones of land adjacent to streams, rivers and other surface waters. Approximately 18% of Wisconsin land is classified as riparian. FULL STORY »

GrassSnap- A mobile app for monitoring grasslands

GrassSnap makes photo-monitoring a snap! Rangeland managers can quickly grab repeatable photo-monitoring data, and save it to their smart device. Data can easily be downloaded to a computer. FULL STORY »

Consider storing distillers grains for fall and winter use

There has been a major price reduction recently for wet, modified and dried distillers grains. This price move may encourage producers to consider purchasing and storage of these products for use either as a protein or energy source during the upcoming fall and winter. FULL STORY »

Flooded crops: Replant decisions in regards to crop insurance

Earlier in June, several large rain events caused significant flooding and ponding in fields throughout South Dakota. In some areas, flood waters uprooted crops and washed away topsoil. In fields where ponds remained after rains ended, soils were likely water-saturated and largely devoid of oxygen. FULL STORY »

Mizzou tool helps farmers decide on pasture insurance

Is pasture insurance right for your farm? The answer could be yes, no or maybe. University of Missouri Extension recently launched an online tool that can help farmers decide if purchasing pasture, range and forage (PRF) insurance makes sense for their operation. FULL STORY »

Kansas steps up fight against Lesser Prairie Chicken listing

Rather than mandating conservation regulations on Kansas farmers, ranchers and energy producers, Governor Sam Brownback is urging the federal government to take a different approach in its efforts to stop the population decline of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. FULL STORY »

Weed Watch: Treat early, if possible

Chemical control of weeds is not always possible, McGowin says, depending on conditions. While some parts of his Southeast region experienced drought within the past few years, more recently excessive moisture has created weed challenges. FULL STORY »

Weed Watch: Watch for invasive species

Pastures or rangeland depleted by drought could become especially susceptible to invasive weeds, partly because of lack of competition from desirable forage plants and also due to potential introduction of weed seeds from outside sources. FULL STORY »

Weed Watch: Overgrazing is an invitation to weeds

The less you spend on feed to produce that pound, the more of that cash goes to your bottom line. This all means the forage resource on cow-calf and stocker operations is more valuable than ever, and weed infestations that limit forage production are more costly than ever. FULL STORY »

Farmers, ranchers mitigate impacts of drought with good planning

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather. FULL STORY »

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