Content tagged with Pasture Management

  • Stop Spinning Tires Paige Smart

    I love diversity. I love polywire, strip grazing, and red clover. Ray’s Crazy Mix was my introduction to the idea of diversified forages and renovating the soil. I’ve seen what a difference can be made to forage quality by selecting a brown mid rib variety or using a photoperiod sensitive sorghum sudan. I don’t want to take anything away from the…

  • Balancing Forage Production Paige Smart

    The importance of balancing forage production! One lesson that farming has taught me is that there is no silver bullet. You hear a lot about selecting THE right forage for your area as if there is a single forage that will meet the need. In the Southeast, as part of the transition zone of the United States, there is no single forage to meet our…

  • Unintended Consquences Joshua Baker

    If we knew the reaction of all of our actions it would definitely help guide our actions. Most of us, however, learn by trial and error. Out of errors we are then able to learn and move into the future with a more solidified plan. Then there are those occasions where the negative results of our actions are hard to measure. In these cases it’s easy…

  • When the Rain Stops… Anonymous

    At some point, there will be a lapse in the rain and we can all get in the fields and get to the farm work that has been stacking up. Of this long list, there are a few items that are critical for summer annual forage management.

  • Horses: A List of Concerns Anonymous

    Horses have different digestive systems and nutritional needs than high-producing ruminants like sheep or cattle, which gives them some unique sensitivities to various forage issues. Horses and other livestock tend to avoid plants that don’t agree with them because they find them unpalatable, unless they lack other feed options (such as in an…

  • Managing Your Fields in the “Off” Season Joy Beam, King’s AgriSeeds

    Regular soil testing followed by liming and fertilizing according to recommendations is arguably the one management practice that will have the greatest long-term effect on production per acre.  It should be the first dollar spent when striving to maximize your land’s productivity, help your crops reach their potential, and optimize the cost-…

  • Late Fall Alfalfa and Pasture Q & A Genevieve Slocum and David Hunsberger, King’s AgriSeeds

    Questions from readers of OnPasture.com; Answers from Genevieve Slocum and David Hunsberger, King’s AgriSeeds

  • Seeing the Pasture for the Trees Anonymous

    Shaded pastures are among the more challenging conditions faced by anyone trying to establish a productive pasture. This scenario varies but often involves a grazier who wants to set up a very intentional form of silvopasture, managing both trees and forage to balance the productivity of both. To be clear, there is no forage crop you can grow…

  • Intentional Management: Matching Needs With Resources Jonathan Rupert, Smith Seed Services

    A number of years ago, I had the privilege of visiting one of the many cattle ranches operated by Lykes Brothers in Florida.  If you’re not familiar with the name, Lykes is one of the top five largest cow-calf operations in the nation with over 600,000 acres of pasture, orchards and timber and 16,000+ head of cattle. I didn’t exactly know what to…