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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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Range and pasture monitoring historically involved a large paper map, clipboards, a camera, a GPS, a calculator, plant and weed identification booklets and a notebook. And heaven help you if you lost your pencil while walking through the grass.

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It’s hot; it’s muggy; and the potted plants on the porch are wilting. Farther out, the grass beneath the old oak tree is devoid of the vibrant green color associated with a healthy ecosystem. You’re not concerned though – the solution is to just turn on the water, right? Plants just need a drink is all.

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Nitrate poisoning – we have all heard the term and we have all heard the stories of cows that seem perfectly healthy one minute and are down the next. In this article we will discuss scenarios that can lead to potential nitrate poisoning and how to handle forages with high nitrates once you have identified them.

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Our creator designed this world to operate through interwoven functions of biological components, which collectively form an ecosystem. Ecosystems function more efficiently when organism populations remain in balance with each other.

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Someone once said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That may be a fitting adage to describe the newest old idea for managing native grass pastures. Beginning in the 1990s, a group of range scientists at Oklahoma State began exploring an approach to managing pastures based on the interaction of fire and grazing.

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