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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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Grazing animals can often be used as a tool in obtaining a forage stand. When livestock are placed in a pasture in which seed has been broadcast, hoof action can improve seed-soil contact.

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Jim Hageman likes to keep his mind open to new ways of doing things. This past summer, he shared his experiences with BMR sorghum-sudangrass and grazing animals on corn at a pasture walk on his farm.

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The number of times a parent says the word “no” in a day can feel almost endless. But as any parent or grown child knows, those “nos” are merely words of wisdom from someone who has, in a sense, “been there, done that.”

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Have you ever wondered which summer annual species and variety is best for your forage system? Often, varieties of forage sorghum, sorghum x sudangrass and pearl millet are chosen based on convenience and affordability, with less emphasis on quality and quantity.

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Agricultural production faces a monumental challenge to meet the food demand of a world population of more than 9 billion people expected by 2050.

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With more than 100 pasture grasses and legume species to choose from – not to mention all the varieties and mixes available – it’s no wonder producers often have a difficult time choosing a species to plant in their pastures.

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