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

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Most producers know the usual amount of rainfall in their area, but doing a soil test in the fall can help identify deficiencies before spring. Preparing the soil for seeding should come next.

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So just out of curiosity, can anyone remember a time when cheatgrass did not dominate the Western landscape?

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Planting cover crops as a rotational crop to improve soil health has gained a great deal of momentum across the country. Farmers in the upper Midwest have been the leaders in adopting this practice.

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Persistence is the key to a successful long-term pasture weed control program. Land managers are constantly seeking a magic bullet weed control strategy that will allow them to check weed control off the to-do list and never think about it again.

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Cover crops are an old concept made popular again by recent state and federal funding, concerns for soil and water quality, and a continued interest in preserving cropland for future generations.

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In the Nebraska Sandhills, Dave and Loretta Hamilton run cattle on 18,000 acres, which is covered in sand bluestem, indiangrass, switchgrass, prairie sand reed, sand lovegrass and little bluestem – all native grasses.

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