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Grasses and Grazing

Learn about pasture management, stocking rates and grass production from beef and dairy specialists and agronomists around the country.

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Rotational grazing, or the practice of rotating livestock through several smaller pastures instead of housing them in one large pasture, is nothing new; however, it has been gaining more momentum recently.

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For many producers, the thought of planting trees in pastures is anathema. A common first utterance from skeptics generally goes something like, “My family’s been fighting trees on this land since we came here, and now you say we should plant trees?”

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Cover crops have traditionally been used to help hold the soil when transitioning between different types of cash crops and are often plowed under before planting the next crop to add organic material and fertility to the soil.

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I occasionally have some dried mud on my boots. If not cleaned well enough, that mud might end up as dirt on the floor.

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Wet, rainy weather conditions are beginning to cause headaches for farmers. Besides the obvious delay in harvest, additional moisture is negatively affecting grain and cornstalk quality for cattle producers who normally utilize the crop residue to extend the grazing season, according to a University of Illinois Extension beef educator.

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Jasmine Westbrook’s master’s research project with cover crops signals benefits for sheep and grain producers simultaneously.

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