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Do Cover Crops Pay

Do Cover Crops Pay?

By Understanding Ag / September 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Do Cover Crops Pay?

By Kent Solberg, Understanding Ag, LLCWe have all seen the articles and heard the claims: Cover crops have many great benefits. However, from land grant universities to rural cafes people are asking “Yeah, but do cover crops pay?” In other words, is there an immediate return on investment? You should know that what you are […]

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The story of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi A Microcosm of Our Dying Farms and Rural Communities

By Understanding Ag / July 29, 2019 / Comments Off on The story of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi A Microcosm of Our Dying Farms and Rural Communities

Author: Allen Williams PhD In the first half of the 1900’s Oktibbeha County, Mississippi had more than 800 small dairy farms. The large number of dairy farms earned the county the nickname of “Little Wisconsin.” These farms were using smaller breeds, like the Jersey and Guernsey, and the herds were primarily grazing. The climate at […]

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Tribute to a Grazing Hero

By Understanding Ag / November 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Tribute to a Grazing Hero

Allen R Williams, Ph.D. Once in every few generations someone comes along who defies all conventions and turns things on their ear. To do this, it takes a truly unique person who does not care what their neighbors think or what the world thinks. Instead, they doggedly pursue what they believe to be right. Such […]

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Nature: Friend or Foe?

By Understanding Ag / August 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Nature: Friend or Foe?

By: Allen R Williams, Ph.D. Without even realizing it, for well over than a century, American farmers have had the idea that nature is a beast to be tamed and contained. If we want to be good farmers and ranchers we must conquer nature and overcome her. We have invented many mechanical and chemical tools […]

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Three Principles to Graze By

Three Principles to Graze By

By Understanding Ag / August 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Three Principles to Graze By

My consulting partners and I teach a form of grazing that we call Adaptive Grazing. Adaptive grazing, also called Flex Grazing, is first and foremost not a rigid system or even a routine. It allows the practitioner to address multiple goals and objectives, and to adjust to changing conditions. The benefits derived from adaptive grazing […]

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Calving in Sync with Nature

By Understanding Ag / August 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Calving in Sync with Nature

By Paul Brown It wasn’t too long ago that February and March were our busiest and most stressful months on the ranch. Like most other ranchers in the area, it was calving season for us. For years we calved during this time of year because it was “normal.” The argument is that the calves would […]

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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

By Understanding Ag / August 7, 2018 / Comments Off on The Circle of Life

By Allen R. Williams and Russ Conser Lion King, as with all Disney movies, has a great plot and some catchy tunes, but also a deeper moral to the story. In this case – it is about the “circle of life.” Circles have no beginning or end. If we start anywhere on a circle, and […]

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Epigenetics: Blessing or Curse

By Understanding Ag / August 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Epigenetics: Blessing or Curse

By Allen R Williams, Ph.D. Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Genes occur in pairs and code for specific traits or combinations of traits in the body. Most genes can have significant variation in the degree to which they […]

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Supersize Me

Supersize Me

By Understanding Ag / August 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Supersize Me

By Allen R. Williams, Ph.D. Since the 1970’s there has been a trend in the beef cattle industry to select for larger cattle. This has been the result of a dogged pursuit for heavier weaning weights, higher yearling weights, desiring to bein the top 10% of breed EPDs in growth traits, and “producing what the […]

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Grass Genetics Selection 101

By Understanding Ag / August 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Grass Genetics Selection 101

By Allen R Williams, Ph.D. To most people genetic selection can be a complicated task. There is so much data out there that many folks get lost in the translation. What to use and how much emphasis to put on each trait becomes an overwhelming issue. EPD’s, actual trait measurements, phenotype, pedigrees, ultrasound data, linear […]

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