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Find out how to improve livestock production while maintaining the value of the soil and land.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to get up on a cold winter’s morning and not have to worry about starting the tractor to feed the cows? Instead, all you have to do is move a single-strand electric fence a few feet every two or three days. Now that would be living. Well, that is exactly how producers that have adopted bale grazing feed their cows.

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Most ranchers and land managers are familiar with downy brome or cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and the substantial effects it has on ecosystems – most notably, its influence on fire frequency and intensity.

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From a hilltop in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley, Rosana Rieth points to a large pancake-like flat. That’s where about 80 to 100 sage grouse come to mate each spring in the shadow of the highest mountain peaks in Idaho’s Lost River Mountains.

It’s a perfect spot for a sage grouse lek – the land is flat, surrounded by sagebrush, remote and next to the Pahsimeroi River.

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Fall offers opportunities for pastures and rangeland maintenance, with more time for scouting, weed control, soil sampling and adding crop nutrients.

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The words “soil health” have been buzzing all around the country for the last two to three years. Just about every grain-farming magazine has an article about cover crops or no-till in it every month.

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Most of the wildlife habitat in the U.S. is on private lands.

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