Implications of Forage Management on Farm Profitability and the Environment

Alan Rotz, USDA/ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA.

Introduction

Producers continue to look for management changes that can improve their efficiency and thus increase or at least maintain the profitability of their farms. They must also consider the efficiency of nutrient use and the …

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Steps for Sizing Paddocks

Steps for Sizing Paddocks

1. Determine forage availability for land used as pasture.

This can be done by two methods: first estimating past hay yields. A yield of 5 tons per acre per year converts to 2,000 lbs dry matter (DM) per grazing rotation. The rotations would have a …

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Carbon Uptake and Roots

Full factsheet with tables

ON-FARM COMPARISONS OF CARBON UPTAKE AND PARTITIONING TO ROOTS IN SIMPLE AND COMPLEX PASTURE MIXTURES

R. Howard Skinner, Matt A. Sanderson, Benjamin F. Tracy USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

Abstract

Forage yield on pastures is a function of …

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CEAP Status 2006

**Conservation Effects Assessment Project

December 2006**

Full NRCS factsheet (PDF)

CEAP — Building the Science Base for Conservation

Science based conservation is the key to managing agricultural landscapes for environmental quality.

The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort to scientifically quantify the environmental benefits of conservation practices used …

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Diverse Forage Mixtures

Full report with figures and tables

PRODUCTIVITY OF SIMPLE AND COMPLEX MIXTURES OF FORAGES COMPARED IN ON-FARM PASTURES Matt A. Sanderson, R. Howard Skinner, and Benjamin F. Tracy

Abstract

There are few studies that have taken a practical approach to examining how well complex forage mixtures persist in intensively …

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