Grazing Practices

Cooler spring didn’t stop weed flushes — only delayed them

Farmers and ranchers who passed on controlling slow-growing weeds this spring may now have reason for regret, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. FULL STORY »

Pasture and hay conditions are key to beef herd recovery

The U.S. beef herd is likely getting smaller again in 2013 due to unexpectedly large beef cow slaughter in the first half of the year. The 3.4 percent year-to-date increase in beef cow slaughter masks a more dramatic increase in beef cow culling since mid-March. FULL STORY »

Changes for improving grazing program before another drought

Sometimes I think a minor in psychology along with my agronomy degree would have been useful. Grass is easy to manage. Mow it, graze it, fertilize it, manage it and it grows like it supposed to. People are hard. FULL STORY »

Extra moisture can extend grass growth into summer slump

Rain makes grass grow. That’s good for grazing livestock, but makes haying difficult. FULL STORY »

Ranchers use water wisely, avoid drought impacts

With the help of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas ranchers Gary and Sue Price are guiding ranch management into the future. FULL STORY »

Summer annuals can provide pasture or stored feed options

Beef cattle owners that are looking for supplemental forage options should consider summer annuals. June is the ideal time frame for planting a warm season summer annual crop. FULL STORY »

Worry about what you can control

I don't know of any enterprise that a person could be involved with that would be more dependent on the weather than field crop production. FULL STORY »

To raise quality, make hay before seeds set

“Don’t delay making hay,” says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension. 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 »

Overcoming breeding challenges on fescue pastures

A large number of Kentucky beef producers have spring-calving cow herds that graze fescue pastures. 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 »

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