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ISSUE DATE: 04/09/2012

Be cautious with drought-damaged pastures

By Doug Rich

Ranchers and landowners in the southern High Plains are faced with a number of challenges as their pastures recover from the drought in 2011. How they manage grazing, weeds, and fertility will be critical.

Last summer the combination of heat and dry was detrimental to a lot of plants in native and introduced pastures. Daren Redfearn, associate professor of forage and pasture management at Oklahoma State University, said the MESONET weather system recorded temperatures over 120 degrees on bare soil last summer. Even soil covered by turf reached 90 degrees.

"It is likely that those high soil temps actually cooked some of those plants," Redfearn said.

Redfearn is not aware of any pastures that were 100 percent killed, although some were in pretty bad shape. He said native and introduced forage plants are pretty tough and resilient. They are built for survival.


First Quarter 2012 Sector Review
State's image shaped by agriculture
Student learning center gets $2M pledge
UNL offers new 'Market Journal' app


Ag scholarship deadline extended
America's Farmers Grow Rural Education nears 10,000 nominations
Corn acreage unexpectedly high in USDA Prospective Planting Report
Extension program connects farmers with service animals
Funding available for rural water projects
Iowa farmers prepare for earlier spring planting
Register today for annual food marketing workshop
Republican River Basin Study selected for WaterSMART grant
Seward County students get hands-on ag education
Sorghum meetings help producers with management choices
Sorghum producers meet in Nashville
Watch for Septoria leaf blotch, powdery mildew in wheat
Weeds get jump-start with early warm weather
Wheat stem sawfly affecting Colorado crops


3i Show to feature Budweiser Clydesdales
Ag economist: Grass is greener for backgrounders
Cattle industry internship offered
Clinics find 11 percent of bulls have significant problems
Dude, it's beef
Governor appoints Kansas cattle feeder to bioscience board
Hydration is most important factor in scours therapy
Iowa Cattlemen's Association holds first bull sale of season
Jersey youth scholarships available
Lack of fertility in cows linked to male DNA
Mile High Hereford Sale raises money for youth
MSGA disappointed by bison relocation agreement
Proposed animal ID rule seen as flexible
Rebuilding a beef-cattle herd
Record average set at bull sale in Springfield
Successfully feeding water to calves
Texas Bison Association announces conference
UNL hosts beef and forage management webinars
Vaccinate, monitor animals for rabies


Common-sense Iowans seek the truth
Take us to our leaders
The twilight zone
Time cards


Anthem singing contest offers scholarships
Call for applications for vet student scholarships
Father to son
Gamesa partners with Harvest the Wind
In other agribusiness news....
Insecticide receives U.S. patent
Just a scoop full
Mouse helping the pig and person
New herbicide protects more with less
Project seeks best management practices
Senators try to put finishing touches on commodity title in new farm bill


Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dry, windy conditions concerning
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Early planting continues
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain contracts advance
Grain market close
Hay trade light
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most areas awaiting precipitation
Ogallala livestock auction market
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Soil moisture levels below average
Southern half of state lacking moisture
Springfield livestock auction report
Sunshine, above normal temps push planting
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm, dry conditions continued
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat crop most advanced in recent history
Windy, dry conditions prevail
Woodward livestock auction report


Be cautious with drought-damaged pastures
Beef-Forage Show and Tell is April 17
Determine when to begin spring grazing
Determining pasture stocking rates
Grazing management, drought recovery workshop set for April 13
Management-intensive Grazing Schools begin
Rain improves pastures, rangeland
Regional hay schools offered
SD stockgrowers applaud Grazing Improvement Act
Stock grower testifies in support of grazing act


April is National Lawn Care Month
Blossom a beautifully bricked home
From the family farm to the family table
Game and Parks announces events
Grandfamily program set for April 18
Make wise choices when you get tax refund
Meditation for 4-9-12
Save money on road trips with pets
Springtime is busting out, so bust out the grill
Summer snowflake a pretty, tough spring bulb
Test soil before applying fertilizer
Vegetable planting calendar a must for gardeners
Working Lands for Wildlife sign-up announced

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