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Carbon sequestration potential of agricultural systems

Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agricultural Systems R. Howard Skinner USDA-ARS, University Park, PA (full report) Abstract Through proper management, agricultural systems (cropland, pasture, and forest) have the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in soils … Continue reading

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Request for farmer collaboration, NH, ME, VT

From researchers at the University of New Hampshire (for information; this is not a NEPC-sponsored project): We are looking for participants for an upcoming study at the University of New Hampshire related to the conversion of forest to pasture. We … Continue reading

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Ultra-high Stocking Density Grazing

Case Study: Dairies Using Ultra-high Stocking Density Grazing in New York and Pennsylvania Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA Full factsheet (PDF) Ultra-high stocking density (UHSD) grazing, sometimes referred to as “mob … Continue reading

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Orchardgrass persistence survey

Dear Orchardgrass Task Force, Extension agents, Professors, Industry members, and others, I am a PhD student in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. I am working with Dr. Ben Tracy on understanding the causes of reduced persistence in … Continue reading

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2014 Grazing Monitoring Charts

Central New York RC&D has prepared the 2014 version of its grazing monitoring charts. These and other resources are available at their website.

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Evening grazing

Grazing few hours during the afternoon and evening Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit full report (PDF) Facts Cattle concentrate grazing during the afternoon and evening. Pasture presents the highest sugar, digestibility and less … Continue reading

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Pasture Seed Banks

Pasture Seed Banks Dr. Matt Sanderson, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit full report (PDF) What is a Seed Bank? It is a reserve of dormant seeds in the soil that enables some types of plants to … Continue reading

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Total mixed ration for pasture-based dairy

Using a total mixed ration on a pasture-based dairy Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit full report (PDF) Background Feeding dairy cows on pasture challenges nutritionists and producers due to changing pasture quality and … Continue reading

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Soil carbon sequestration in pastures

Soil Carbon Sequestration in Pastures Dr. Curtis Dell, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit full report (PDF) Background Sequestration of carbon (C) in soils is being promoted as a way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from atmosphere … Continue reading

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Pasture diversity and management

Pasture diversity and management Dr. Sarah Goslee, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit full report (PDF) Background There are 120 million acres of pasture in the United States, along with 406 million acres of rangeland and 62 … Continue reading

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