Red River Crabgrass as a Forage

By Paige Smart If you have ever been in the row crop or bermudagrass hay business, the name “crabgrass” makes you cringe. This prolific summer annual grass has been rampant across the Southeast for years, showing itself in corn and soybean fields and filling in between fescue and bermudagrass plants in pastures. Its capacity to…
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Horses: A List of Concerns

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  Horses have different digestive systems and nutritional needs than high-producing ruminants like sheep or cattle, which gives them some unique sensitivities to various forage issues. Horses and other livestock tend to avoid plants that don’t agree with them because they find them unpalatable, unless they lack other feed options (such as in an overgrazed…
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Intentional Management: Matching Needs With Resources

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By Jonathan Rupert, Smith Seeds A number of years ago, I had the privilege of visiting one of the many cattle ranches operated by Lykes Brothers in Florida.  If you’re not familiar with the name, Lykes is one of the top five largest cow-calf operations in the nation with over 600,000 acres of pasture, orchards…
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Spring Oats- Forage, Fast!

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By Paige Smart Between frigid winter weather and the dry fall, winter annual forages have taken a hit this year. If you have evaluated your fields and confirmed that the majority of the plants are dead or have decayed, your best chance at a ready-to-harvest forage in 45-55 days is a spring oat. These wide-leafed…
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Waging War Against Slugs in 2018

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By Joy Beam, King’s AgriSeeds Following the slug-infested spring of 2017, many growers are worried we will have the same problem in 2018, and for good reason.  We haven’t had a cold enough winter in several years to kill the adult slugs from the previous year, and the effectiveness of slug controls, such as Deadline…
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Managing Your Fields in the “Off” Season

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By Joy Beam, King’s AgriSeeds Regular soil testing followed by liming and fertilizing according to recommendations is arguably the one management practice that will have the greatest long-term effect on production per acre.  It should be the first dollar spent when striving to maximize your land’s productivity, help your crops reach their potential, and optimize…
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Late Fall Alfalfa and Pasture Q & A

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  Questions from readers of OnPasture.com; answers from Genevieve Slocum and David Hunsberger, King’s AgriSeeds Q: My cows and calves have been on a pasture for about a week with approx. 50% grass 50% alfalfa it has dried down on the stem and we have had -2 c frosts several times some of the stand…
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