Pasture Management

Nov. 15 deadline looms for range insurance

Livestock and hay producers have the ability to buy insurance through the new Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance risk policy offered in the High Plains region. FULL STORY »

Wheat pasture prospects fading fast

No significant rain has fallen in Oklahoma in over two weeks. Last week’s Crop Progress showed that 25 percent of Oklahoma wheat was in good condition and 61 percent was fair with only 12 percent poor or very poor. FULL STORY »

Cash rents rise in 2012 but should remain steady in 2013

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the county-by-county breakdown of its 2012 survey of cash rents. As with most things this year, prices are up. FULL STORY »

Winter cow feeding strategies

Minimizing hay waste is a good place to start when trying to reduce cow feed costs. Hay rings will reduce hay waster, especially those featuring a solid bottom. FULL STORY »

Good grazing management can increase soil mineral nitrogen

Low available mineral nitrogen limits grass production more than low water on grassland pastures. FULL STORY »

Ranchers welcome late rain; uncertainly over 2013 remains

Some semblance of normalcy seems to be seeping into parts of the state along with a series of ground-soaking rains, but uncertainty about 2013 lurks below the surface. FULL STORY »

Replacing hay with winter pasture requires action now

As commodity prices increase and the amount of hay available decreases, many agricultural producers are concerned about feeding their cattle until spring of 2013. FULL STORY »

Identify and eliminate weeds in hay and pasture fields

Highly productive pastures and hay fields do not happen just by accident. Weed and pest control, nutrient management and properly timed harvests all have their role. FULL STORY »

PRF insurance is a risk management tool for 2013

The USDA Risk Management Agency has changed the Pasture Rangeland Forage (PRF) Insurance program for the 2013 crop year to include Nebraska in a Rainfall Index (RI) area. FULL STORY »

Wheat pasture production and economic prospects

Much of Oklahoma has received significant rain in the past week that is particularly timely for winter wheat pasture prospects. FULL STORY »

Rest pastures and stockpile grass for next spring

Rest pastures and stockpile forage now for a strong and early start next spring. Allowing livestock to continuously graze pastures while full feeding hay, provides little added nutrition, while damaging plants for future growth. FULL STORY »

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