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The Anatomy of Grass

To understand all the relations of an organism, including maintenance with its present environment, we must follow ecological clues clear back to 250 million years ago. Man’s survival depends on finding out what started and stopped the explosive planet growth which made the fossil fuels possible.

cattle-heat

Cattle Grazing Tips for Hot Weather

By keeping the grass and pasture height no less than three inches, there will be enough plant mass available for rapid regrowth when moisture comes along during the hot spell.

bug on alfalfa

Common Forage Pests and Problems

If your soil is not yet in good condition, or if the weather isn’t cooperating, and your plants are under stress and are attacked by a disease or pest, all the Utopian theories in the world will not help. You have to save that crop!

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Nutrient Deficiencies in Alfalfa

Severe sickness is usually easy to spot because of visible discoloration or dying of above-ground parts. Less severe deficiencies and toxicities are harder to diagnose. Often the plants look healthy, but growth may be slowed, yield may be reduced, and feed quality will probably be decreased.

A healthy paddock for a cow.

Why Clean Pastures are Important for Calves

Even if you’re tight on land, how you graze them can help decrease parasites and disease

Alfalfa

How to Measure Alfalfa Quality

One of the keys to keeping the right balance of nutrients is to have well aerated soil with plenty of humus, for humus and its associated microorganisms tend to provide balanced nutrition to plants.