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New Study Finds No Positive, Negative Impacts from Cover Crop Grazing

Winter grazing is a useful option for farmers who also raise livestock. They can feed them using cover crops they were going to plant anyway, a cost-efficient and sustainable practice. But how does winter grazing impact the soil underneath? Hayley Crowell, researcher at Auburn University, and her team worked to find out.

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Observations on Summer Cover Crops, Small Grains and Grazing Covers

Transitioning to organic, Noah Wendt and Caleb Akin are closely planning for success in three areas: nutrients for the following crop, weed control and grazing opportunities. In this article, from the Practical Farmers of Iowa, Noah and Caleb talk specifically about summer covers and a few new practices they're testing on their farm.

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Trinity Creek Ranch Interseeds Cover Crops for Long-Term Grazing

Mikayla Tabert likes to graze cattle in northern Minnesota much longer than most people believe possible. She and her family aspire to graze year-round, as long as winter conditions and feed availability allow. It is their goal to plant a cover crop on every farm acre – not just for grazing, but to suppress weeds, build soil health, and control soil erosion.

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PSU Study Evaluates Economic Impact of Grazing Cover Crops

Researchers went out about 2-3 weeks after farmers started grazing a cover crop field to measure standing and post-grazing cover crop biomass, and soil health before, the day after, and 2-3 weeks after grazing. One big factor determining profit was the number of times the cover crop could be grazed, and the quantity of grazed biomass consumed.

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Mississippi State Scientists Study Cattle Grazing Cover Crops

The two-year research project, based at MSU’s Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Coastal Plain Branch in Newton, established row crops and cover crops that encompassed a variety of species suitable for grazing that led to increased livestock weight gain.

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Cover Cropping for Hunting and Grazing

South Dakota cow-calf operation utilizes covers to boost hunting business and livestock grazing.
Welcome to Holsing Farms, a sizeable grass-based rangeland located roughly 45 miles southwest of Aberdeen, S.D. Gene Holt, along with older brother Nick and dad, Kurt, operate the 5,000-acre property. Gene’s great grandfather Vic Holsing founded the farm in 1929 before passing the baton to Gene’s grandfather Gene Holsing, and eventually to Kurt in 1980.
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Build and refine your strip-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 10th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, August 3-4! Experience an energizing 2-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and collaborative Strip-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered. Just as important is the chance to profit from unlimited hallway networking with the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till!

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