Cow / Calf Corner

Short Tips to Grow Teffgrass

By : Kayla Hernandez, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist, SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department, Courtesy of iGrow.org   Teffgrass is a summer annual forage for livestock and commercial hay producers who often need a fast growing forage with competitive forage quality. There has been a growing interest in teff as a forage crop…

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Stacking and Storing Hay

By : Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. SDSU Animal Science Department, Courtesy of iGrow.org. Written collaboratively by Taylor Grussing and Karla Hernandez. Haying season is well underway and yields are shaping up better than last year thanks to the much needed moisture. For many alfalfa and grass hay harvesters, the main cutting has…

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Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay.  Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed.  Based on the assumption that the plant continues soil nitrate…

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Water: The Unappreciated Nutrient

By : Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, SDSU Animal Science Department, Courtesy of iGrow.org   Water might be the Rodney Dangerfield of nutrients – it just doesn’t get any respect. We could use the latest edition of “Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle” as an example. Of the six classes of nutrients discussed…

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You Finally Got the Hay Made, How Good is It?

By : Mark Landefeld, ANR Educator, Monroe County “You gotta make hay while the sun shines”. How many times have you heard that said throughout the years? We’ve had some sunshine this spring/summer, but making first cutting “dry” hay has really been challenging for most farmers this year. Getting two or more days in a…

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