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  • Sep 18, 2012
    blog

    Let’s Talk Fall Grazing 4

    South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension recently held an informative meeting to prepare ranchers for when the snow flies. The agenda included cost-effective protein choices for winter feed, maintaining body condition score in cows in their final trimester, and inventoring available forage resources. These considerations, of course, are more challenging in a drought scenario....More
  • Jul 16, 2012
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    U.S. Pasture, Range Conditions Dip Again

    Pasture and range condition for the week ending July 15 indicate that conditions continue to worsen. Overall, in 48 states for the week ending July 8, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NAAS) reports that 24% of states reported conditions as Very Poor, while 30% were regarded as Poor, and 28% as Fair. States categorized as Good and Excellent were 16% and 2%, respectively....More
  • Jun 12, 2012
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    Manage Your Pastures 1

    Rotational grazing is a practice that was implemented on our ranch years ago. Making smaller paddocks and rotating our cows through each one helps to get the most out of our summer grasses. It requires little more than an electric fence and access to water in each paddock to make it work, and it results in less wasted grass, better recovery on each paddock and the most efficient use of available resources....More
  • Apr 10, 2012
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    Drought Predictions Worry Farmers 1

    In South Dakota, there’s an old saying that goes, “If you don’t like the weather now, just wait five minutes -- it will change.” While the state is known for its extremes, the weather has been consistently mild this year -- with little rain or snowfall since the spring of 2011. While calving season has been great, with limited challenges from cold temperatures or muddy conditions, there are growing concerns that a widespread drought could impact summer grazing and the 2012 harvest....More

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