In recent years, fertilizer prices have increased. Budgets prepared by university agricultural economists indicate that fertilizer cost associated with growing grass is typically 50 to 60 percent of the cost of producing beef cattle. Unfortunately, it appears that the cost of commercial fertilizer is not likely to decline much anytime soon. Producers who feel they have limited funds to spend […]
Farming has changed drastically in the last 50 years. Today’s farmer produces more food on fewer acres to feed more people and dairy farmers must milk their herds every day as each cow produces 70 pounds of milk per day. These hardworking folks deserve lots of the love from their communities for the hard work they do. […]
Precipitation is a must for many lawn and garden tasks. It helps moisturize a dry lawn, gets plants growing fast, is necessary to activate many fertilizers and come winter, provides insulation for dormant plants. But when it comes to applying herbicides like RM43, rain and snow won’t do the application any favors. Dry Weather is Essential […]
RM43 is effective on brush, vines and more than 150 weeds including the really tough ones like kudzu, poison ivy and poison oak and many more. We get a lot of questions about RM43 so we thought we’d share a couple.
Grazing management is an extremely important topic that deserves serious consideration by any profit-oriented livestock producer. There are numerous benefits associated with good grazing management, including (but not limited to) the following.
Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide protects your home and surroundings. As the name suggests, it can be applied both inside and outside, even in the kitchen. Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide offers residual control which means it keeps working long after the spray has dried.
The key to a great-looking lawn year-round is making sure to do your due diligence every season. That means focusing on fertilizer, weed elimination and general lawn upkeep winter, spring, summer and fall.
The New Year is here and if you’re resolving to have a new, beautiful lawn, you’ve stumbled onto the right blog. A thick, green, healthy lawn doesn’t just happen; it takes a lot of work. Doing some prep work now in colder months will mean you’ll be ahead of the game by the time spring is in […]
It’s finally the off-season and you’ve waited a long time to put up the tractor keys in favor of a shotgun or bow. But before you settle in your tree stand, you may want to consider planting one more acre. A nutritious, palatable food plot attracts deer, turkeys and other game, while helping to maintain […]
A relatively minor problem or need generally have a minimal economic impact. However, collectively, small problems or needs can make a substantial difference.
Harsh, biting temperatures can not only do a number on bare skin, like hands and noses, but they can also do a number on your plants. Freezing temperatures can scald plants, freeze roots, damage foliage and even kill them outright. Usually, Mother Nature can prep plants for winter with fall rains and heavy blankets of snow. But you can’t always count on Mother Nature […]
Prine. It’s Ragan & Massey’s proprietary seed blend that offers the best in commercially available ryegrass varieties from the outstanding University of Florida ryegrass breeding program. Our high-yield, rust- and disease-resistant tetraploid varieties deliver proven results for nutritious winter forage. Farmers and ranchers from across the country have long used Prine for pastures that can take the pressure of grazing long into the winter. We get a lot […]
After World War II, commercial fertilizer came into widespread use in agriculture, including on pastures and hayfields. While no one enjoyed paying fertilizer bills, for a long time it was relatively inexpensive (or at least affordable), in addition to being quite convenient to use to stimulate forage growth. Things have changed. Commercial fertilizer is much […]
With the 2019 – 2020 deer hunting season on the downslope, many hunters are still hoping to bag a buck. If you’re one of them, there’s still time to finish the hunting season strong with the help of PlotSpike. PlotSpike is Ragan & Massey’s high-quality forage seed that attracts deer to your food plot. Our seed is developed without fillers […]
As the weather turns crisp, you may think your landscaping duties are a distant memory. In actuality, cooler temperatures are the ideal time to get your lawn prepped for winter. Hot, dry, summer weather can seriously stress your grass and for months it has fought to survive; now is the time for it to take a […]
Is there anything nicer than a clear, clean, weed-free fence line? We certainly don’t think so. That’s why we work so hard to make products that not only get the job done but keep working for months. With best practices and our best products, keeping your fence line clear is not only easy but permanent. BRUSHTOX This concentrated […]
PlotSpike is our premium blend of high-quality forage seeds for planting wildlife food plots. It is a leader in the food plot seed industry and has been providing seed to customers across the southern United States for more than 20 years. Once in a while, we get asked questions about this product and how to use it. We answered the top […]
Benefits of legumes or legume/grass mixtures can include biological nitrogen fixation, higher forage yield, more favorable distribution of forage growth, and higher forage quality that results in better animal performance. In pasture situations, clovers are by far the most commonly used type of forage legume. Depending on climatic conditions, soils, and sites, a livestock producer […]
Farmers across the southern United States depend on winter grazing to provide a healthy diet for livestock until spring. Why? Winter pastures help stretch stockpiles of hay, saving farmers money and time by allowing cattle, sheep, horses and goats to graze far beyond the normal growing season. So now that you’re on board with putting in a winter pasture, how do you ensure your […]
Ragan & Massey’s PlotSpike is a high-quality product that attracts both deer and turkey all year long. We also have several varieties, like our Forage Oats, that are PlotSpike exclusives developed just for our customers that work with no fillers or unnecessary coatings. With so many quality varieties, how do you know which type is best for your food plot? Are you looking to get your food plot started fast? Try PLOTSPIKE® FORAGE […]
A lush green, healthy spring lawn starts with good fall preparation. In autumn, your lawn is working hard to absorb all the extra energy, moisture and nutrients it can in preparation to go dormant during winter months. Some added care from you can help it along and look its best in spring. Raise your Lawnmower Height If you’ve been following our lawn […]
Grazing pressure refers to the extent to which pasture forage is being utilized at a given time. This is a function of stocking rate; i.e. the number of grazing animals that have access to a pasture. For example, if 30 cows have access to 60 acres of pasture, the stocking rate during that period of […]
For those that love to hunt (and enthusiastically wait for deer season all year) there are a lot of factors that need to come into play to make the season the best it can be including producing a quality herd. Food plots provide necessary nutrition for deer, long into the winter. But food plots also work with […]
It is getting close to the time of year that’s more precious to hunters than any other – hunting season. For most experienced hunters a food plot is a must. Food plots not only draw game and wildlife to your hunting ground, they help herds stay healthy and control population numbers. Even though hunting season doesn’t start until […]
Drought often limits pasture forage availability and sharply reduces hay yields on many farms, which increases the amount of hay or other stored feed needed during the cooler months of the year. However, stockpiling (which simply refers to allowing forage to accumulate in a pasture to provide grazing at a later time) can be quite […]
It’s hard to think about preparing for the scarcity winter when late-summer is so abundant. Fortunately, our forefathers learned long ago the importance of planning ahead for the long, winter months. Taking steps now for a winter forage pasture means your livestock will have supplemental feed all winter long that’s affordable and nutritious. And, hands down the best seed for winter forage is Ragan and Massey’s Prine Tetraploid. Prine […]
Compare-N-Save Weed Killer for Lawns is one of our newest products and one we can’t stop raving about. We’ve been developing herbicides for the farmer, rancher and homeowner for decades but this one is different. It is a powerful herbicide that kills more than 200 common weeds, but won’t harm your grass. Here are four […]
After a long winter, it feels awesome to bask in the summer sun until that first bite from a mosquito or sting from a wasp occurs. Not only are insects irritating, but they carry diseases and can destroy your lawn, garden and flower beds. Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide protects both the inside and outside of your home. It works around the […]
There are several good reasons for growing forage legumes when feasible. These include biological nitrogen fixation, possible extension of the grazing season, increased forage yield (especially compared to grasses receiving little or no nitrogen fertilizer), and improved forage quality. Factors to consider in selecting a legume to plant can include producer objectives, soil types, sites, and grass species present. No one legume is right for every […]
There are two truths that fall with every heavy rain – your grass will need to be mowed immediately (even if you just mowed the day before) and your yard will be covered with angry, red fire ant mounds filled with insects just waiting to sting your unsuspecting leg. Fire ants are more than just a pesky problem. The stings can […]
Winter grazing offers many benefits, like saving money, time and effort. It is no wonder that more and more farmers across the United States are adopting winter grazing habits for cattle, sheep, horses and goats. Planting a winter pasture helps stretch your stockpiles of hay, requiring less to buy or less time in the field to harvest. And, it […]
Ponds and water features can be a yard showpiece or, if they’re muddy and murky, an eyesore. Farmworks Pond Dye is the solution. This product is a water-soluble pond colorant that safely transforms murky, cloudy and off-color water into beautiful blue water within just a few hours! Where to Use It Farmworks Pond Dye may be used in lakes, ponds, decorative […]
Weeds rank as one of the major factors that limit productivity of forage crops. Perhaps the best definition of a weed is simply “a plant out of place.” Most hayfields, and especially most pastures, contain many plant species that are out of place and are unwanted. Weeds compete with desirable plants for nutrients, moisture, sunlight, […]
Need to kill weeds in your lawn, but not your meticulously-maintained grass? Grab a bottle of Compare-N-Save Weed Killer for Lawns. Want to clear yard space for a new garden or flower bed and have it ready to plant in three days? RM18 is the answer. How about ridding an area of weeds and grass permanently for an outdoor project like a new driveway or […]
You can’t go anywhere online right now without stumbling across a blog, article or post about using natural weed killers in your lawn or garden. These natural remedies swear you can use what’s already in your kitchen cupboard to kill the toughest weeds in your yard – dandelions, ground ivy, nettles, etc. So, do they work? No, not really. […]
As we learn more about a subject, we usually begin to realize that even highly knowledgeable people don’t always agree about everything pertaining to it. People are dealing with the same facts and principles sometimes have differing philosophies or want to take different approaches. In forage production, an area of differing philosophy is what might be called, “the […]
Buying grass seed can be confusing. There are numerous blends for sun or shade and the varieties of seed types seem endless. You want your lawn to be healthy, green and luxuriously thick but you don’t want to waste your money buying the wrong seed. We think our Mayberry Grass Seed is the best you can […]
Vegetable gardens are highly-prized spaces for many with a green thumb as this type of garden provides nourishment for the mind, body and soul. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of planting a seed, helping it grow and then putting it on your table for your family to enjoy. If you are ready to commit to […]
Between testing your soil, planting seed and fertilizing growing grass, you put a lot of work into making your lawn look fantastic. When it comes to weed control, you don’t want to use a product that damages one blade of that gorgeous grass. We hear you. That’s why we developed a new product that only kills […]
When it comes to growing and maintaining a lush, green lawn, don’t fall prey to old wives’ tales and myths. Instead, trust our facts and you’ll be rewarded with a lawn your neighbors will envy. “You need to water your lawn every day.” Contrary to what some may think, watering your lawn for 15 minutes […]
It takes a lot of knowledge to grow a lush, green, healthy lawn and beautiful, blooming flowers. For example, gardeners need to know when to plant, reseed, fertilize, mow, apply weed treatments and treat any diseases. Luckily technology has caught up with landscaping with these great apps specifically dedicated to helping both homeowners and professionals […]
Woody plants like mesquite, oak, locust, wild rose and sweetgum, don’t stand a chance against BRUSHTOX™. This systemic herbicide kills more than 60 woody plants and more than 30 broadleaf weeds, like Canada thistle, milkweed and dog fennel. Since BRUSHTOX™ targets broadleaf weeds, many natural grasses won’t be harmed and many even flourish without the […]
Broomsedge, which is actually a native grass and not a sedge, has become more prevalent in many pastures in the eastern United States in recent years. This is undesirable, because this plant provides relatively little nutritional value to livestock. Even worse, it competes with desirable plants for nutrients, water, sunlight, and space. Reasons for Encroachment […]
Harmful insects and mites have no place inside, or outside, your home. Flies and cockroaches carry diseases, mosquitoes and ticks feed on blood, and aphids, ants and armyworms ruin lawns and plantscapes. Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide protects your home and surroundings. As the name suggests, it can be applied both inside and outside. It works […]
Lawn care isn’t easy, it takes know-how, diligence and patience. Luckily there are a few great products that make you look like a pro! Weed Killers Anybody who grew up pulling weeds knows how tedious the task can be. Similar to emptying a bucket of water with a teaspoon, it’s never-ending. Herbicides keep a lot […]
Weeds are the bane of your lawn’s existence. Weeds aren’t just unattractive to look at; they are thieves that steal nutrients from your grass. To eradicate them, you can continuously battle by spot spraying and pulling or, decide on a total kill and start fresh. Grab Some RM18 When you’re ready to say goodbye to […]
Spring is in the air. Warm days outnumber the cool ones. Soon your lawn will need more than the passing glance it has received all winter. A lush, green, healthy lawn or garden doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work, tried and true techniques and help from some of our favorite products. Test Your Soil. […]
When choosing a seed for your livestock’s forage-based diet, look no further than Prine. Ragan & Massey’s Prine™ Tetraploid is the most commercially available ryegrass variety developed by the outstanding University of Florida ryegrass breeding program. This high-yield, rust- and disease-resistant tetraploid variety withstands cold temperatures to improve forage yields.
Walk into any garden center and you’ll find so many rows of herbicides and insecticides, it can be extremely overwhelming for the home gardener! That’s because some herbicides claim to kill this but not that. Other insecticides work here but not there. Skip the frustration and stock up on some of our favorite products instead. […]
This year is your year. Your lawn WILL be the best on the block. If this is something you’ve dreamed of for a while, we can help you make it a reality. We’ve put together five easy steps to get your lawn from lackluster to lush this spring.