Changes in dairy-ration formulation and feed management can help prevent reductions in dry matter intake during hot weather, advises Alvaro Garcia, South Dakota State University Extension dairy specialist....More
Continuing excessive heat and severe drought conditions across Missouri has prompted Gov. Jay Nixon to ask USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct crop- and livestock-damage assessment reports....More
An early growing season led many Wisconsin hay growers to dream of an extra hay cutting. But June’s below-normal rainfall ended such musings for those in the southern part of the state, says Bill Bland, University of Wisconsin-Extension ag climatologist. He’s concerned that a drought nears....More
Drought stress and forage could be a lethal combination, according to Tom Troxel, University of Arkansas animal scientist. Two Arkansas cows recently died of prussic-acid poisoning caused by a cyanide compound found in several types of grasses when those grasses are stressed by drought or frost....More
If short, drought-stricken alfalfa starts blooming, it may be wise to wait until the crop approaches full bloom, then cut it at normal stubble heights, suggest Rory Lewandowski and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension educator and forage specialist, respectively....More
During hot weather, cattlemen need to track weather conditions, watch their cattle and take steps to prevent heat stress, says Heather Larson, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist....More
A perfect storm of events that appear to have caused the deaths of 15 head of cattle consuming Tifton 85 bermudagrass in the Texas county of Bastrop is brewing a tempest in other bermudagrass-growing areas....More
With much of Kentucky feeling the effects of below-normal rainfall and historically drier months yet to come, it’s more important than ever to consider rotational grazing, says Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky (UK) forage Extension specialist....More
Summer annual forages, recent research findings, the pros and cons of herbicides, tall fescue management and ultra-high density grazing. These are all topics to be featured at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture’s first Advanced Kentucky Grazing School, July 10....More
Improving pasture management can be an effective way to stretch forage supplies during the dry conditions that encompass most of Arkansas, says John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension forage specialist....More
With pasture rental rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever to compare per-acre rates to those figured on a per-animal-unit (AU) or other basis, says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist....More
A “flash drought” over most of Missouri and nearby regions is slowing crop growth and killing corn roots unable to get to needed moisture. So say Pat Guinan, University of Missouri (MU) climatologist, and Bill Wiebold, MU agronomist....More
Darrel Franson started a second career in 1993 when his family moved from Wisconsin to Mt. Vernon, MO. The former cooperative manager found that raising a beef herd on toxic tall fescue was challenging, so slowly started renovating pastures to novel-endophyte fescue and doesn't regret the cost, he says. The benefits of having a healthy, more-productive herd are paying off, Franson says. For more, see our story, "Taking The Toxic Out Of Tall Fescue."
Early weeds in warm-season grass pastures, especially common this year, should be controlled, and grazing is the best method, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist.
“These weeds will remove moisture that could be used for grass growth later on and they remove valuable nutrients from the soil,” says Anderson. “Early weeds also can develop so much growth that they shade, smother and reduce early growth of your summer pasture grasses.”...More
Leafy spurge, Canada thistle and spotted knapweed – those aren’t exactly the forages you’d expect cattle to eat. But over the past decade, a growing number of researchers and ranchers are beginning to believe that cattle can be trained to eat certain weeds...More