Pasture Management

To-do list for flooded fields

Excessive rainfall and flooding has many South Dakota crop producers concerned about the future of their crops. SDSU Extension is here to help, explained Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist. FULL STORY »

June pasture management

June is often a transition time for pasture management. Generally in early June moisture and temperature are still favorable for good cool season grass growth. If seed heads have not been clipped off then grasses are in reproductive growth and rapidly maturing. As seed heads mature, forage quality declines. FULL STORY »

Hastening hay dry-down

Haying season is just about upon us. Weather reports soon will be the most important news of the day. Fortunately, there are ways to hasten hay dry-down to beat the weather. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: The quality/quantity of hay

The last few issues have had information about making hay, and yes hay making season has already begun for some Ohio farmers this year. Timely harvest of forage is critical to maintain high quality feeds. The last few years, frequent rain events during much of the spring delayed beginning of hay harvest until the middle of June for many producers. FULL STORY »

Grass, protein and climate: New information leads to new question

We use a number of tools to get at how grass will be affected, but one of the best ways to understand grass is to look at what eats it. Or what is left after something has eaten it. 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 »

Make a down payment on this growing season with frost seeding

Growers can broadcast legume and brassica seeds in late winter to produce inexpensive cover, forage and fertility for years to come. FULL STORY »

Quick spring forage crops

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

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