Three Views On Mob Grazing

Intensively stocking cattle at a high rate for short periods of time – also known as mob grazing – was looked at in South Dakota State University iGrow videos.

“We’re hoping that we’re adding more organic material to the soil and increasing the grass population … We’re thinking if we take care of the soil, it will make us money,” says Charlie Totten, Chamberlain, SD. “The largest impact is probably the increased production; it almost doubled our production.”

“We move our cattle every day. We’re trying to leave the ground covered. We want the ground shaded or litter on top of the ground. And it’s making even our land and our cattle a lot healthier,” says Pat Guptill, Quinn, SD.

“I want to give them a really high-quality diet … Pretty much the only time I do use the mob grazing as a tool is during that breeding season,” points out Richard Smith, Hayti, SD.

For more information, check out our collection of mob grazing stories, including “Mob Grazing: A Tool, Not  A Master Plan.

Water-Quality Funding Available

A total of $33 million in funds will be made available for producer-generated conservation measures aimed at improving water quality in 174 watersheds, according to a recent USDA announcement. The funding is provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s National Water Quality Initiative.

"This targeted approach provides a way to accelerate voluntary, private lands conservation investments to improve water quality and to focus water quality monitoring and assessment funds where they are most needed," says Ann Mills, Natural Resources and Environment deputy under secretary. "When hundreds of farms take action in one area, one watershed, it can make a real difference to improving water quality."

Monsoons In The West?

Here’s some good news for parched Western hay growers: Long-range weather forecasts indicate “monsoon” precipitation and a potentially wet El Nino winter, according to our sister publication, Western Farm Press.

“A wet monsoon season could distribute much needed moisture across much of Arizona and New Mexico, plus parts of Utah and Colorado,” according to the May article quoting University of Arizona ag meteorologist Paul Brown.

Hurricane Prepared?

Did you know that Hurricane Preparedness Week is next week, May 25-31? Texas A&M offers a handy set of materials to help producers deal with such a catastrophie when it happens - and afterwards.

“The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, so this is the time to build awareness and readiness,” says Andy Vestal, AgriLife Extension director for homeland security and emergency management at Texas A&M in College Station.

Memorial Day Forage Preview

After honoring our U.S. Armed Forces, forage producers can designate Memorial Day weekend as the time to evalaute their forages, suggests Bruce Andeson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist.

“Many hay and forage jobs should be completed, or at least started, by Memorial Day," he says. Here's a short item listing possible forage chores to check over.