Grazing Practices

Cressleaf Groundsel - The ubiquitous yellow weed Play video

Cressleaf groundsel has been abundant throughout parts of Ohio for a while, but every year a few additional hay producers get to experience it for the first time apparently. FULL STORY »

Importance of estimating the cost of grazing

Following the 2014 winter, many believed abundant grass would be available for summer grazing in South Dakota. However, explained Shannon Sand, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist, producers are now asking the question: where has all of the grazing land gone? 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 »

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 »

Quick spring forage crops

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

Cold and dry January impacts Oklahoma winter grazing

After starting with considerable promise last fall, winter wheat grazing conditions deteriorated dramatically in January. FULL STORY »

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