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Grazing, Stock Handling, and Water Management Featured

Want a chance to talk all things grazing? You can at the 14th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference!

A major focus this year is stock handling, especially low-stress handling techniques and demonstrations. Other hot topics include water management on rangelands and mob grazing.

The two-day conference features expert researchers and ranchers – a potent combination. It will be held August 12-13 at the Kearney Holiday Inn. Farmers and ranchers from several states will attend. You’ll be able to share ideas from across the region while meeting some experts on grazing management.

A Grazing Study with Multiple Benefits

How do you mange steep, thin, erosion-prone soils? Long-term set-asides have been the go-to plan for decades. That’s especially true when the soil has been stripped of native cover by tillage.

But land retirement may not be the only solution. Researchers at Washington State University discovered that grazing management improved the quality of fragile lands. That result is interesting enough. But the study also demonstrated that environmentalists and ranchers can work together to accomplish goals important to each.

Higher Yields (and more) with Cover Crops

Farmers across the country reported higher yields from use of cover crops, especially in drought zones, in 2012. Over 700 farmers responding to a survey reported yield increases for corn and beans following cover crops.

The Conservation Technology Information Center carried out a survey of experienced cover crop farmers last winter. Responding farmers had over 200,000 acres under cover crops, about 10% of the national cover crop acreage.