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Increase the productivity of your pasture by increasing the number of forage species
A nine-year study done by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service analyzed the benefits and effects of increasing the number of plant species sown into a pasture. Howard Skinner is a...
Some weeds are as tough as iron to get rid of
Staying ahead of weeds in the pasture can be a chore, especially woody weeds such as Buckbrush, Black Hawthorn, and Multiflora rose. Scott Hagood is an extension weed scientist at Virginia Tech...
Improve forage quality and yields
If you want to boost the nitrogen and productivity in your pasture, plant some clover. Red clover and white clover are the most popular legumes. White clover is tolerant of grazing, but is not well-...
Your horse will get a tummy ache if he eats too much too soon
You know how your digestive system feels when you’ve eaten too much rich food? Your horses can relate. When first put out on pasture in the spring after winter confinement, their metabolism isn...
The right rental rate is based on a number that the landlord and tenant agree to
Leasing land is a great way to get into agriculture without the high cost of buying. For landowners, leasing provides a steady income from land they’re not using. Setting the land...
Good spring pasture management sets the tone for the rest of the year
Pastures are coming out of dormancy and the grazing season will soon be upon us. Your animals will be giddy eating fresh forages again. Proper pasture management before you turn the animals out makes...
Late winter freeze and thaw cycles can help green up the pastures in spring
Got a pasture that’s looking beat up with a lot of bare spots? Spread seed on it now and you’ll have new growth in the spring. This renovation method is called “frost seeding...
Cutting grass at the right time helps control weeds and maintains forage quality for livestock
No matter what species of grasses are in your pasture, they will benefit from mowing. Dan Undersander is an extension forage specialist at the University of Wisconsin. He says there are two main...
Keep your livestock away from these pesky weeds.
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