August 24, 2017

In the earliest theoretical literature on market economy, land is often cited as the only real source of wealth as it was the sole element in the equation that yielded a lot more than what it took in.  Former President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt was onc...

Native forages are making a comeback with cattle feeders who are looking for a way to work with — not against — Mother Nature.

“Native species complement tame forages,” said federal research scientist Alan Iwaasa.

“When used with tame species, native species have merit a...

Much has been said and written about ranch sustainability. When you boil it down, however, it’s largely a matter of working with nature.

Bryan Weech | May 25, 2017

By 2050, the planet’s population is estimated to grow from the current 7 billion to more than 9 billio...

June 16, 2017

If you cut your nitrogen by 80% tomorrow, would you expect your production to drop? Of course it would… if you did nothing else. Optimizing nitrogen use is one of the holy grails in a drive to produce food for a booming world population, all whilst looking after the en...

Cover Crops are planted with intent to build and improve the soil but what should you watch out for when grazing these crops?

In recent years, cover crops have gained popularity throughout many parts of the nation. Much research has been done evaluating their use in cropping systems and their utility in improving soil health. More recently, more research has started investigating their useful...

Perception that forages are too weather-dependent or that producers plant one year and leave them alone for three must be challenged.

The name varies from farm to farm and from one region of the country to another. Some refer to it under the blanket term “forage” while...

March 17, 2017

Forage stands require attention when it comes to fertility management. Check out OMAFRA's article on advice and recommendations for forage fertilizers:

It’s springtime and we are anxious to get on the land and get our new forage seedings in the ground. There are a few common mistakes made that limit the success of new forage seedings and future yields and quality.

1. Not Seeding New Forage Stands Often Enough

Many alfal...

January 20, 2017

For optimum energy utilization, the cows' reproductive cycle should coincide with the grass production cycle

A study from the United Kingdom shows that calving or lambing outside of the seasonal cycle of pasture production can increase costs by up to 75% over spring cal...

August 3, 2016

I have been getting lots of questions about measuring the moisture content of a hay crop prior to baling.  The moisture content needs to be below 18% before making a round bale.  But estimating moisture content can be somewhat difficult.  Being off by just a few percen...

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