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Grazing Cover Crops for Soil Health and Profit

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to Elisabeth Spratt of the Pasture Project for this article on their recently finished project! If you raise crops and are looking for a way to improve your soils and your bottom line, Wade Dooley says cover crops grazed by livestock is your solution. “It is the best and fastest way to realize an […]

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Tips for Grazing Cover Crops

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

When we graze cover-crops we always need to be considering both meeting the livestock needs as well as soil building objectives. The more cover-crop yield you can produce, the more biomass you can afford to leave behind. Here is an example of grazing BMR sorghum yielding over 180 AUD/acre while leaving well over one ton […]

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Can Cover Crops and Rotational Grazing Extend Your Grazing Season?

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Can Cover Crops and Rotational Grazing Extend Your Grazing Season?

Thanks to the UDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service for sharing this story and the photos with us! Jared Namken is an Angus man. Red Angus, specifically. A fourth-generation farmer-rancher in Lake Norden, South Dakota, he hopes to pass on his operation to generation five with the soil in even better shape than when he started. […]

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Cover Crop Seeding – Build Your Own Seeder Or Use the One You’ve Got

By   /  September 10, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Cover Crop Seeding – Build Your Own Seeder Or Use the One You’ve Got

Readers who responded to our 2018 survey asked if we could include a little more information on cover crops. So here’s a start of what we’ll be doing more of in the future. This week we thought you’d like to learn a little bit about seeding equipment. In this first video you’ll see how Ed […]

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Healing Soils With Cover Crops and Cattle

By   /  August 20, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Here’s a 4:13 video from the Land Stewardship Program’s Bridge to Soil Health Initiative. In it, Kaleb Anderson shows how he uses “sacrifice” pastures planted in cover crops to keep his cattle off their hilly pastures in the spring to prevent erosion and eliminate topsoil loss.Then to counteract the damage done, he lets it heal […]

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