Grazing

Grazing cover crops can be a very profitable enterprise for cover crop users who are willing to do the management. This topic provides strategies for cover crop grazing and real-world examples with farmers and ranchers who are making the practice work on their farm. Grazing cover crops has the potential to improve not only animal health but soil health as well.

ARTICLES

2021 Fall National Cover Crop Summit

Profitably Grazing Cattle on Cover Crops

A Kansas cattle rancher and a specialist from South Dakota State University share insights on how to leverage cover crops as cattle feed at the 2021 Fall National Cover Crop Summit
Transitioning from harvesting crops using a combine to only using cattle is not an easy task, says CJ Blew, a cattle rancher from Castleton, Kan. His family’s 24,000-acre cow-calf operation has improved cattle health and performance since switching 3,000 acres of irrigated dryland cropland to paddocks for grazing cover crops.
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[Podcast] Economics Drive Ranchers to Graze Covers

This week’s podcast, sponsored by NewLeaf Symbiotics, features CJ Blew, a rancher from Castleton, Kan. Blew will be a speaker at the upcoming 2021 National Cover Crop Summit: Fall Edition.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by NewLeaf Symbiotics, features CJ Blew, a rancher from Castleton, Kan. Blew will be a speaker at the upcoming 2021 National Cover Crop Summit: Fall Edition. He will discuss how his family’s 24,000 acre cow-calf operation has incorporated grazing cover crops into their fifth-generation ranch, how the operation selects cover crop species for grazing and more.
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Forage Covers in a Drought

Is it worth planting a cover crop to use for forage in a drought? Any forage produced will be that much more valuable this year, but what is the likelihood anything will grow if you put seed in the ground? Read more in this article from the University of Minnesota.
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[Podcast] Significant Increase in Soybean Yields From Grazing Cattle

This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Humberto Blanco, a soil scientist with the University of Nebraska. Blanco will discuss a 16-year study he has done on cattle and soil compaction, soil ecosystem services, how the timing of grazing cattle affects compaction and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Humberto Blanco, a soil scientist with the University of Nebraska. Blanco will discuss a 16-year study he has done on cattle and soil compaction, soil ecosystem services, how the timing of grazing cattle affects compaction and more.
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[Podcast] Watch for Toxicity When Grazing Covers

This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University. Meehan will discuss current forage production levels and conditions despite drought conditions, how growers can prevent overgrazing, the importance of grazing fields at appropriate growth stages and more.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by GS3 Quality Seed, features Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University. Meehan will discuss current forage production levels and conditions despite drought conditions, how growers can prevent overgrazing, the importance of grazing fields at appropriate growth stages and more.
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Cattle Like Grazing on Diverse Cover Crop Mixes

The combination of a 3-way crop rotation, covers and grazing is resulting in big savings by reducing the number of tillage passes, increasing yields and improving soil health.
In farming, it’s the little things that will get you — or the little things can add up to more profits if they’re done right. 


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Reducing Inputs by Grazing Cover Crops

Extending the grazing season by grazing annuals in the fall or late summer allows perennial pastures to rest longer, says NRCS state agronomist.
Using cover crops as forages can offer an economical, alternative feed source to growers who have livestock. 


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Develop Mutually Agreeable Lease Terms to Reap Soil Health, Yield Rewards

Tenants and landlords should work together to resolve the many logistics around cover crops, including the number of acres planted, expenses, profits and other issues.
Statistics show that cover crop adoption is on the rise across the U.S. There was a 50% increase in the amount of land on which farmers planted cover crops between 2012 and 2017, according to the USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture. 


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EVENTS

Virtual

Fall 2021 National Cover Crop Summit

11/16/21
online
United States
Contact: Sarah Hill
The Fall 2021 National Cover Crop Summit is free-to-attend, 2-day online event that will feature a series of knowledge-building presentations led by 30+ of the foremost authorities on cover crops today. Requiring no travel expense or time away from the office or farm, you will be able to participate from the comfort of your own office through a series of online presentation videos delivering practical tips and information on managing cover crops to improve soil health, protect the environment and enhance on-farm profitability. Read More

Live

2022 National No-Tillage Conference

1/4/22
Galt House Hotel
140 N Fourth St
Louisville, KY
United States
For more than a quarter of a century, the National No-Tillage Conference has been providing the practical tips and information you need to run a more successful no-till operation. In our 30th anniversary year, we’re ready to do it again as our event returns to beautiful downtown Louisville, Ky., at the legendary Galt House Hotel. Read More

Live

2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

7/28/22
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, IA
United States

Discover 2-days of cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies in Coralville, Iowa., July 28-29. Join the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy.

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Attend the 2022 National No-Tillage Conference

Join more than 40 top-notch no-tillers, agronomists, researchers and other no-till experts in Louisville, January 4-7, 2022, to discover innovative ideas that can help you get the most out of your no-till farming system. The 30th anniversary National No-Tillage Conference offers a mix of thought-provoking General Sessions, expert-led No-Till Classrooms and collaborative No-Till Roundtables. Plus, valuable pesticide recertification and Certified Crop Advisor credits are available to qualifying attendees.

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