Illegally Bagged Seed: More Pain than Gain

From American Agriculturist, May 10, 2017 ‘Brown baggers’ more pain than gain Buying cheaper seed isn’t worth the aggravation that follows — especially if it’s illegal. That’s why state ag secretaries and commissioners warn against buying and selling “brown bag” seed almost every spring. If it’s not tested for purity and germination and doesn’t carry your state’s…
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When is Corn Alternative Forage?

“Corn” “Diversity” and even “innovative cropping systems” usually don’t go together in the same sentence. When used in a stockpiled winter grazing system, it turns out they occasionally can. Grazing standing corn is certainly not a new practice, but many farmers may not be sure of its fit within their operation. As with any other…
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Seeing the Pasture for the Trees

Shaded pastures are among the more challenging conditions faced by anyone trying to establish a productive pasture. This scenario varies but often involves a grazier who wants to set up a very intentional form of silvopasture, managing both trees and forage to balance the productivity of both. To be clear, there is no forage crop…
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When Soil Temperature Spells Success

By Paige Smart, Southeast AgriSeeds Spring is my favorite season. After a long, gray winter there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the world a little greener.  However, my eagerness for warmer temperatures always gets me in trouble. I’ll start leaving the house without a jacket and shopping for my summer plants. My confidence in Mother…
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