Feb. 21, 2023
Plant diversity has become somewhat of a buzz phrase in the world of agriculture. It sometimes refers to growing diverse crops from year to year but most often is associated with having different spec...


Feb. 14, 2023
Planting small cereal grains in the spring can jumpstart the grazing season or bolster hay and silage supplies. No matter what the end goal of these cool-season species may be, now is the time t...


Feb. 14, 2023
Greening spring pastures are generally a welcomed site, especially to those who have been feeding hay all winter. In some cases, those same spring pastures hold the potential for causing frothy bloat...


Feb. 7, 2023
Spring calving season can be stressful enough without calf scours making animals sick and compounding medical costs. That is why the Sandhills Calving System was designed to limit the spread of calf s...


Feb. 7, 2023
Cows were made to eat forage. We give them other stuff, but none of it comes under the entrée heading. Everything else is strictly a side dish.Built into this need for forage is the ruminant’s abil...


Jan. 31, 2023
The cold front that swept across the country in late December caused frost damage in winter annuals, turning forage fields from green to yellow. That isolated weather event was just one of many freeze...


Jan. 31, 2023
The foundations of plant growth should always be top of mind when striving to get the most livestock production out of your pastures. These foundations include water and sunlight. Plants combine...


Jan. 24, 2023
Rodents are a major pest of alfalfa and other forage crops. Their control has never been easy given their belowground nature of existence. In alfalfa, rodents such as pocket gophers, meadow voles, and...


Jan. 24, 2023
Photo: University of MissouriCases of cattle dying from fescue foot have recently spiked in Missouri. This condition occurs when toxic alkaloids in Kentucky 31 tall fescue cause animals’ blood vesse...


Jan. 17, 2023
Legume species — specifically clovers — wear many hats during their forage role. They improve forage quality and quantity in a mixed stand, form symbiotic relationships with bacteria that fix nitr...