Bale Grazing – The Next Year

Article by: Karl Hoppe, Ph. D. NDSU Extension Livestock Specialist Aug 22, 2022 Bale grazing is an alternative method for feeding the cow herd in the winter, when snow is too deep for cows to graze grass, cover crops, or crop residue, or additional or replacement feed is required. Traditionally, a tractor/loader, feed wagon, andContinue reading “Bale Grazing – The Next Year”

August 2nd Soil Health/ Crop Tour

More and more farmers and ranchers are becoming interested in practices that can improve the health of their soil as a means of improving productivity, profitability and/or resiliency to weather extremes. If you would like to learn more about what some producers in the area have been doing to improve their soil health, make plansContinue reading “August 2nd Soil Health/ Crop Tour”

COVER CROP OPTIONS FOR PREVENTED PLANT ACRES

Although producers are tried their hardest to get as much planted as possible this spring, there are fields and especially areas of many fields that were simply too wet to get seeded this spring that will fall under the classification of prevented planting acres. The question is what to do with these acres. The bestContinue reading “COVER CROP OPTIONS FOR PREVENTED PLANT ACRES”

Consider Options for Prevented Planting

There is an old saying that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While it took more than five minutes, this spring has certainly been an example of how quickly conditions can change. Up until about mid-April the outlook for this year’s growing season was pretty dismal as indications were that the dryContinue reading “Consider Options for Prevented Planting”

Living Roots as Often as Possible

There are five basic principles to building soil health: soil armor or keeping the soil covered, minimizing soil disturbance, plant diversity, keeping a living root in the soil for as much of the growing season as possible, and livestock integration, when possible. As living roots were mentioned in the previous article, the following is aContinue reading “Living Roots as Often as Possible”

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People

Studies have found that over the last 70 years, the level of nutrients in many foods has fallen between 10 and 100 percent. Based on that, there are some estimates that an individual today would need to consume twice as much meat, three times as much fruit, and four to five times as many vegetablesContinue reading “Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People”

Partner Agency Updates

FSA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) The recent snow storms certainly brought some much needed moisture to the area but did catch many livestock producers at an inopportune time with calving and lambing underway. If anyone did lose livestock during these storms, there is a program through FSA called the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that mayContinue reading “Partner Agency Updates”

Soil Health Resources and Hard Spring Wheat Show

Soil Health Resources – Agricultural producers who were able to participate in the Soil Health Workshop conducted on January 20th at the Williston Research Extension Center by the Williams County Soil Conservation District and NDSU Extension had an opportunity to hear Keith Berns with Green Cover Seed talk about carbon and the importance of carbonContinue reading “Soil Health Resources and Hard Spring Wheat Show”

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”

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”