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Spring rain in Oklahoma has allowed cool-season forages to grow in abundance. Harvesting and baling cool-season crops such as fescue and wheat hay is a challenge during a wet spring. The timing of the rains can make it difficult for cattlemen who are trying hard to put quality hay in the bale for next winter’s feed supply.

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Listen to some “experts” and you’d think pasture management comes out of a bag or a bottle. They’d have you spraying weeds, seeding “improved” species and spraying fertilizer to make pastures productive.

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A typical problem during cattle drives is cows and calves getting separated. If they start bawling and trying to find one another, they may try to leave the herd and go back where they came from.

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Research on patch burning as a grazing management tool is a current project of many universities and other organizations. The subject is also frequently discussed at seminars and field days.

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Mapping the resilience of woody plant encroachment to brush-control techniques can help landowners prioritize management and restoration actions to maximize the effectiveness of costly brush reduction, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.

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Seeding is increasingly used to improve rangelands degraded by wildfires, energy extraction and weeds. Unfortunately, establishing rangeland plants from seed has proven difficult, and seeding efforts often fail. A lot of research is currently focused on improving rangeland seeding efforts.

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