Drought and Impact The 2012 Drought is very serious across the country. Will there be a profit for farmers and ranchers and what are the impacts that will be carried into 2013? This AgChat discusses these and other questions while hoping for rain.
Have You A Forage Plan? When you need forage is not the time to start planning for it. Now is the time to take into account outcomes from prior years, look at forecasts, update your livestock plans, and review your finances. Then tackle some of the farm production activities to see how forage options can be extended or modified to buy time if needed. Key is having some backup plans for when the weather does not cooperate!
What Are Cover Crops? When is the best time to till in cover crops? Which is best time for cover crops, spring or fall? Incorporating cover crops can help manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, and weeds. But it does require planning and buying into a philosophy that takes into account how sustainable agriculture works. This AgChat provides some information on cover crop approaches.
Grazing Management Do utilize a grazing plan on your farm/ranch? What would you like to change about your grazing system/plan? These are several of the questions that were part of the HayTalk conversation on Twitter.
Young Farmers and Startup Businesses How does one get started in agriculture as a business? What are some of the issues and where does one turn for advice? This #AgChat conversation looks toward those with some experience in running farm and ranch operation for some advice and input.
What Are Your Grazing Management Actions? Grazing Management is a constant activity. In your grazing system do you rest your pastures? If so, how long is this rest period? Or, Where do you find info/resources to learn more about grazing management? This HayTalk chat helps highlights the things you need to look out for.
Social Media and Agriculture This is the third anniversary of the #AgChat twitter conversation and to celebrate, the AgChat Foundation (@AgChatFound, celebrating it's second anniversary!) gave away a cheese cake from Muddy Paws Cheesecakes (@MPCheesecake) to an #AgChat convo participant. The winner was Scott Smith (@d_scott) in Corvallis, Oregon.
Meanwhile, the topic for this #AgChat was social media and agriculture. It has been three years since #AgChat started and things have changed. What are the tools to use today? How about attitude of those in agriculture to social media? And what the challenges to farmers and ranchers to using social media today?
Forage Pests The mild late winter weather might be good for general outdoor activity but it also means more insects and bugs. For those that grow hay, forage, and other corps, this keeping an eye out on the insect population. This HayTalk conversation shares some of the activity some farmers are taking.