Ecosystem Services and Upcoming Soil Health Workshop

One of the questions producers are starting to ask is if there is money to be made with soil health, carbon sequestration, and other ecosystem services. There is a complex relationship between humans and the environment. Humans influence the environment and the environment provides humans with benefits, such as clean air, clean water, a stableContinue reading “Ecosystem Services and Upcoming Soil Health Workshop”

Introduction to Intercropping Workshop:  Using Plant Synergies to Improve Crop Production

Another upcoming event that should be of wide interest to producers in the area is an Introduction to Intercropping workshop that will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Williston Research Extension Center beginning at 8:30 am. The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn how farmers have been using intercropping to maximize cropContinue reading “Introduction to Intercropping Workshop:  Using Plant Synergies to Improve Crop Production”

NRCS helps Burke County farmers go on the offense against soil salinity

The Natural Resources Conservation Service field office in Burke County, N.D., has had some good luck halting the spread of saline areas in cropland. Burke County has about 425,000 acres of cropland. Nearly every quarter of ground has some sort of saline problem; sometimes it covers as much as 20% of a field, says MarkContinue reading “NRCS helps Burke County farmers go on the offense against soil salinity”

January 20th Soil Health Workshop and Williams County Ag Improvement Meeting

Farmers and ranchers in the MonDak area are invited to participate in a soil health workshop on Thursday, January 20. The workshop, which is being sponsored by the Williams County Soil Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, NDSU Extension Williams County, and the Williams County Ag Improvement Association, will begin at 9:00 am at theContinue reading “January 20th Soil Health Workshop and Williams County Ag Improvement Meeting”

Northern solution: Interseeded cover crop produces extra forage

In far northern North Dakota, Jason Overby is growing extra forage for his cattle by interseeding cover crops with forage barley. Overby, Mohall, N.D., mixes hairy vetch, clover, turnip and forage barley seed together and no-till plants them all at the same time in late May or early June. All the seed germinates together, butContinue reading “Northern solution: Interseeded cover crop produces extra forage”

Feeding Low-Quality Forages

Due to drought conditions that have impacted this area since last fall, many livestock producers have limited forage supplies available for this coming winter and in some cases quality of the forage may cause additional challenges. If you haven’t already done so, now would be a good time to inventory feeds, estimate winter feed needs,Continue reading “Feeding Low-Quality Forages”

Winter Cereals for Haying or Grazing

Producers should consider taking advantage of any rains we may receive in the next month to establish a winter cereal for grazing or haying next spring. Based on the results from this study conducted at the NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center in 2020, winter rye was the superior winter cereal for grazing cattle duringContinue reading “Winter Cereals for Haying or Grazing”

Soil Health and Habitat Program

Pheasants Forever has created a new Soil Health and Habitat Program. This program is focused in the prairie pothole region with the goal to rebuild soil organic matter, sequester carbon, increase water infiltration and provide quality wildlife habitat on the least productive cropland acres while simultaneously improving profitability and sustainability. Application sign-up began August 23,Continue reading “Soil Health and Habitat Program”

Test Annual Forages Before Grazing or Feeding

Feed produced during a drought may have higher levels of nitrate than would be safe for livestock consumption. Ruminant animals, such as cattle and sheep, are susceptible to nitrate poisoning because of their digestive process. Nitrate is converted to nitrite in the rumen. When nitrite moves into the blood stream it prevents the blood cellsContinue reading “Test Annual Forages Before Grazing or Feeding”

July 22nd Soil Health Tour

More and more farmers and ranchers are taking action to improve the health of their soil. Producers who use soil health building systems that include practices such as no-till, cover crops, and diverse species rotations have been reporting greater productivity, profitability, and resiliency to weather extremes. Healthy soil also helps protect our soil and waterContinue reading “July 22nd Soil Health Tour”