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Useful publications on a variety of pasture management subjects:
Native bees which provide valuable pollination services in agricultural and natural landscapes have been in decline in recent years. Bee conservation efforts are focused on establishment of bee-attractive plants adjacent to agricultural fields but, due to high land value, such bee beneficial habitats are typically limited in size. In contrast, pastures provide an opportunity for native bee conservation on a much larger scale This study looked at the effects of establishing plants in test pastures. Link
Information on herbicides registered for pasture and hayland weed control and also control of problem weeds. Look under Contents for the pasture and hayland section. Link
Toxic Plants in Pasture and Hay: Link
True Armyworm: see photo above
There are many reports that the True Armyworm is damaging Tall Fescue and Orchardgrass seed fields. You may want to check Tall Fescue and Orchardgrass pastures and hayfields at this time for any sign of damage or infestation.
1) Several alternating dark and light stripes along body
1-2 thicker yellow-orange bands running along each side of body from head to tail.
2) Look at the black triangles or marks on four abdominal prolegs
Winter Cutworm: Link
Oregon Forage and Grasslands Council: http://www.oregonforage.org/
Management of Livestock Operations During Drought:
SOIL SAMPLING AND NUTRIENT INFORMATION PUBLICATIONS FOR PASTURES
| Phosphorus & Potassium Soil Tests
| Pastures: Western Oregon & Western Washington, Fertilizer Guide 63
| Liming Coastal Pastures
|Evaluating Soil Nutrients and pH by Depth EM 9014|
|Fertilizer and Lime Materials, Fertilizer Guide 52|
Pasture Management During Critical Periods (narrated by Gene Pirelli)
Oregon State University research has paved the way for livestock producers to apply selenium with fertilizer in Oregon. This document summarizes the 8 years of research work on selenium fertilization as a way to prevent white muscle disease and reproductive problems associated with a deficiency of selenium in grazing livestock diets:
It is important to note that not all pasture sticks are exactly the same. Sticks from each state and/or region may vary based on different forage species, production, and growth stages due to climate, elevation, and other factors. Most states and/or regions that have pasture sticks customize them to specifically address their growing conditions.
Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District or NRCS office for a source of pasture sticks.
The comprehensive resource for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest, this 208-page book offers pasture managers information and tools to enable their pastures and their livestock to reach their maximum production potentials. Seventeen chapters proceed from planning to budgeting.