Tag: Forages

Tifton 85 Bermuda is a safe hybrid, GMO adverse effects not verified

Earlier this week a frenzy began in the media and on social networks when a CBS affiliate in Austin Texas incorrectly reported that a genetically modified grass releasing cyanide gas and caused cattle deaths. I wrote a brief post describing the condition known more commonly as prussic acid. The news station has since clarified the […]

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Texas cattle died while grazing – Prussic acid information

There’s been much concern about GMO bermudagrass killing cattle after reports from Austin, Texas this weekend claimed genetic modification of the grass caused a fatal release of cyanide gas. Don’t go crying “GMO kills” until you have done some research. (More detailed information on the difference between GMO and Hybrids here) Bermuda grass has many […]

Livestock numbers and drought dictate cattle and forage managment

Drought will not release its grasp of the Southern and Western regions, Spring stockpiles of forage are impacted, and cattle numbers have yet to recover from last year’s devastating drought. These ingredients spell out the need for well thought out management of forage supplies and cattle herds across the country. Last week I shared a […]

Armyworms Impact Southern Pastures

This month you begin seeing ranchers scouting the fields (rather what’s left of them), or even on their knees with hands in the grass. Other than praying for rain, we’re looking for an army of caterpillars. These are not your average young butterfly, but rather, as a group, these worms can wipe out pastures in […]

Why Am I Mowing Pastures: Part 2

Why do livestock producers mow pastures? As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, today I’ll let Jesse Bussard, a graduate student at Kentucky, do a little explaining of cleaning pastures from a forage perspective. Thanks Jesse for helping out! I was posed the question, “Why do we brush hog (mow) pastures?” by Ryan this past week.  If […]

AgBoards Announces #HayTalk Chat on Twitter

Attention forage producers and consumers, make room in your **Thursday** schedules for an hour of hay, forage, and grazing discussions on Twitter.  Starting Wednesday, August 10th, at 8:00 p.m. EST, AgBoards brings you #HayTalk Chat using the Twitter hashtag, #haytalk. The AgBoards Network (@agboards) creators of HayTalk.com and RanchingForums.com, amongst other farming sites, have teamed […]

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