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  • Cattle graze warm-season grasses
    Hay production, stockpiled forage and baleage Read More
  • Thinning alfalfa stands are perfect candidates for introducing perennial grasses
    Maturities in forage grasses and why it matters Read More
  • Planting alfalfa
    Establishing alfalfa: Old school rules of thumb Read More
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  • Over-seeding clovers into poor producing or grass-dominated pastures by broadcast in late winter is a practice that has been done for years usually with some level of success. Adding legumes into pasture improves grazing quality and increases the forage amount that can be removed (up to a 50 to 100 percent increase in production when using legumes as a small percentage of the grass pasture). Introducing a legume into a grass pasture can also reduce the amount of applied nitrogen fertilizer since the legume will fix nitrogen and provide the existing grass with a substantial portion of the nitrogen these components need to grow.

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  • Whether producers are wanting to grow more homegrown feedstuff without increasing acreage, improve soil structure, add organic matter into the ground, increase soil fertility or all the above – cover crops are an effective and quick way to achieve their goals, says Jerry Hall, director of research for Grassland Oregon.

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  • The phone dings. It’s a text message from a strange number inquiring about your hay for sale. Hesitant and a bit perplexed, you respond. After a few messages back and forth, your gut tells you something’s not quite right – it’s a scam.

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  • Landowners may choose to replant a pasture for many reasons, including invasive plants, drought impacts, wildlife concerns or changes in the ranch operation. What to plant should always be based on established goals for the property. Do you want to solely manage for livestock forage or does wildlife hunting or viewing add to the value or recreational opportunities on your land?

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