Fertilizing Forages With Broiler Litter

Foraging Ahead With Dr. Don Ball: Fertilizing Forages With Broiler Litter

Poultry and beef are in competition in the grocery store, but on individual farms they are often quite compatible enterprises.  One reason for this pertains to the litter generated in broiler production houses.  Broiler litter (normally a combination of sawdust, wood shavings, or peanut hulls, plus poultry manure, feathers, and wasted feed), builds upon the […]

UF-Riata Springs Forward

UF-Riata Springs Forward

There’s something about a Sunday drive that seems to be genetically programmed into farmers. We take the long way home from church, from family breakfasts, or from a ball game just to see how our piece of the world is doing. My grandfather did it. My father did it. And now I find myself doing […]

A Factor That Limits Legumes

Foraging Ahead With Dr. Don Ball: A Factor That Limits Legumes

Most livestock producers understand the desirability of having forage legumes such as clovers and vetches present in pastures. As compared to grasses and non-leguminous forbs, biological nitrogen fixation and improved forage quality provided by legumes are major attributes. In addition, in some cases legumes can extend the growing season and increase forage yield. These are […]

Drag Harrows: Big uses on small properties

Foraging Ahead with Dr. Don Ball: Drag harrows aren’t a drag for the livestock farmer

Drag harrows (often referred to as chain harrows, spike harrows or spring-toothed harrows) were once widely used in connection with the planting of many different crops. Today, they are rarely used in connection with growing row crops or horticultural crops, but still have a place on many livestock farms. On small farms, drag harrows are […]

Productive Pastures: The dangers of drought

Foraging Ahead with Dr. Don Ball: Dry pasture can lead to poisoned livestock

Drought is an annual problem on many livestock farms, typically occurring in summer or early autumn. Obviously, when drought occurs, pasture forage growth slows or stops and livestock may not have enough to eat. This can lead to significant problems as the animals seek alternatives. Numerous plant species are poisonous or can become poisonous under […]

Extension Agent Tips by Ragan & Massey

Extend your knowledge with your local extension agent

County and regional extension agents are valuable sources of intel for every rural property owner, whether he or she is a veteran farmer, a newbie trying to start a vegetable garden, or a property owner in need of lawn-care advice. According to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, extension agents provide “non-formal education […]

Healthy pastures with Ragan & Massey

Smart pasture management makes healthy, happy horses

Anyone with grazing animals understands that pasture management is important. But did you know that practicing smart grazing techniques can dramatically improve a horse’s health? According to The Horse, a quality pasture and optimal grazing standards can make all the difference in a horse’s health, especially if it is suffering from a metabolic disorder or […]

Control woody plants and broadleaf weeds with BRUSHTOX™

Controlling invasive woody plants and broadleaf weeds can be a time-consuming job for landowners, no matter how large the property they manage. Luckily, Ragan & Massey now offers BRUSHTOX™ so hardworking landowners can spend less time on weed management and more time doing what they love.  This highly effective herbicide controls more than 60 woody […]

Weed treatment

Knowing weed-control basics will keep you out of the weeds

Weeds are nuisances on any property, but when left unmanaged around the farm, they can quickly begin hindering the efficiency of the operation. To combat weeds quickly and efficiently and can get back to work, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with so you can choose products or removal methods that consistently deliver results.

Spring Equipment Maintenance

Whether the farm’s equipment and vehicles have been in storage waiting out the off-season or are just in need of a checkup, there are plenty of tasks that can be done now to make sure there are no hiccups when springtime is in full bloom. Here are a few typical equipment maintenance tasks to make sure the busy spring season goes off without a hitch.

Property Maintenance

Preparing Your Property for Spring

After months of suboptimal weather, most property owners are itching to get outside and start landscaping the property and preparing for spring work. Efficiency is key for the hobby farmer, and knowing what can be done now to make later easier will make a world of difference. Read on for tips on preparing property for spring.