Importance of Spring Soil Moisture

Did you know that soil moisture is one of the deciding factors of spring plant growth?  When soil temperatures reach optimum for seed germination and/or shoot growth, moisture must be present to give those new plants a chance at survival.  Moisture is needed for many functions that relate to plant growth including, carrying nutrients to roots, regulating soil temperature, soil… Read more »

Feeding the World–Part 2

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Note:  This post is the 2nd post in the series “Feeding the World”.  The idea for this series stemmed from articles I had read on how agriculture will need to change to feed a growing population.  In the first post I looked into how agriculture would need to return to its roots to feed the world.  In this post I… Read more »

Minimizing Drama: Kick Diva Cows Out

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It is winter in much of the west.  The snow is blowing.  The temperature registers in the low teens without the wind-chill.  As my granddad would say, “It’s colder than brass toilet seat on the shady side of a snowdrift”. What are your plans for the day?  If the snow is deep and/or the windchill low you will feed the… Read more »

Feeding the World–Part 1

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Note:  This post is relatively different that what I usually write about, however it is something that I am interested in.  In this blog I have remained fairly open and unbiased, and I will try to continue this through the next few posting.  This post is the first in a series that I will be doing on food production and… Read more »

Flexible Livestock Herd Systems

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Having a flexible herd system is beneficial for livestock managers, especially in times of drought or other disaster.  Many times, because of tradition, producers will select the least flexible, most stable herd system–typically a reproductive herd which then sells weanlings. However this may not be sustainable for the rangeland resource or the livestock herd itself. Rangeland should be used to… Read more »