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”

Annual Forages and Cover Crops for Supplemental Forage Production in 2021

It was already known earlier this spring that we were probably going to see around a 25 percent reduction in forage production this year due to the dry conditions that occurred last fall and if spring moisture remained below normal that there could be significant reductions in forage production for 2021. While recent rains wereContinue reading “Annual Forages and Cover Crops for Supplemental Forage Production in 2021”

Adding Diversity with Intercropping

One of the five basic principles that are the foundation of improving soil health and functionality is plant diversity. Plant diversity leads to more biodiversity in the soil, benefiting the soil food web; which in turn can help improves moisture infiltration and nutrient cycling, while reducing disease and pests. By in large, producers are growingContinue reading “Adding Diversity with Intercropping”