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It’s grass tetany season
Feb. 23, 2016
Pitchers and catchers have reported to their respective camps and that’s a welcomed sign that baseball season is soon to be. It’s also a signal of greening and growing pastures (or soo...
Hidden Valley meadow fescue: The grass that won’t be forgotten
Feb. 19, 2016
I t was a grass that time forgot — until a Wisconsin grazier rediscovered it decades later and research showed that it had great potential as a pasture grass...
The complexities of tall fescue
Feb. 2, 2016
Tall fescue, despite its long history as a primary U.S. pasture grass, may still be the most mismanaged and misunderstood perennial forage that we have. The tall fescue story in the U.S. is unm...
Boost stocking rate and profit
Jan. 26, 2016
When it comes to enhancing ranch profit, Johann Zietsman says the most important determinant will always be stocking rate. In mid-August, Zietsman, a cattleman from Zimbabwe, along with Fl...
Transition pastures with warm-season annuals
Jan. 26, 2016
Sorghum-sudangrass, sunflower and cowpea mixture planting to be grazed by beef cows during the transition from fescue to another forage species. Tall fescue comprises the main forage species...
Nitrogen needed for winter cereal pastures
Dec. 15, 2015
Winter pastures in the form of cereal grains such as rye, wheat and triticale are the backbone for adding weight to stockers or keeping growing heifers in good condition...
Grass-fed faces growing pains
Nov. 10, 2015
by Jesse Bussard The fruit of opportunity couldn’t be riper for the picking in the grass-fed beef sector right now. Now a $2.5 billion industry, predictions from industry experts suggest within the...
Knotroot foxtail: A new bermudagrass challenge
Oct. 6, 2015
The author is a professor and extension weed management specialist at the University of Tennessee.Interest in hybrid bermudagrass for high-quality hay production has climbed the radar in recent y...
Grazing boosts organic matter
Sept. 22, 2015
The author is an associate professor and extension forage specialist at the University of Georgia.Dairy producers have to keep a sharp pencil to ensure the milk check covers all their costs, but there...
Stockpile forage to stretch hay reserves
Aug. 25, 2015
It’s time. Time for stockpiling pastures in an effort to extend the grazing season and conserve stored hay reserves. “Stockpiling forage is one of least expensive ways of feeding cattle,”...