816-801-6146 / DFA Today / myDFA Expert Commentary Projects Services Tools Resources Training Videos About About DFA Grazing Contact Us January 24, 2022 USDA expands conservation opportunities The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing several new and expanded opportunities for climate smart agriculture in 2022. Read More... September 27, 2021 Soil health principles and practices Managing for soil health allows producers to work with the land – not against – to reduce erosion, maximize water infiltration, improve nutrient cycling, save money on inputs, and ultimately improve the resiliency of their working land. Read More... September 27, 2021 A guide to rotational grazing This extensive guide includes a variety of topics, including seasonal pasture growth patterns, soil fertility, stockpiling, stocking rates, paddock set-up and more. Read More... September 27, 2021 Research explains why cool cows can provide more milk With increasing global temperatures, dairy cattle face heat stress more frequently throughout the year than in the past. Thanks to cooling technology, dairy cattle can enjoy a better quality of life, but farmers and consumers may wonder if cattle comfort results in more milk. Read More... September 27, 2021 Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields The fall armyworm is a chronic pest in the Southeast and can cause severe damage to grass and forage crops. Damage varies in appearance and severity according to the type of grass and management practices. They are most numerous in late summer or early fall. Read More... September 27, 2021 Stockpiling tips In 2005 I had the opportunity to attend a grazing conference in Roanoke, Va. As the manager of a background grazing operation for a beef feed lot I was hoping to find a way that I could increase my dismal average daily feeder gain on Kentucky 31 tall fescue dominant pastures. Read More... September 27, 2021 How to plant into cover crops Every year during springtime, we get many calls about how we successfully plant into our high biomass cover crops. In this video, we detail what we've learned about what works and what doesn't on planter setup into high biomass (30,000+ lbs/acre) cover crops. This video is not meant to be a definitive guide on how to plant into cover crops. Read More... September 27, 2021 Establishing Cool-Season Annual Grasses Three methods for establishing cool-season annual grasses include planting into a prepared seedbed, the light disking method and overseeding or sodseeding into undisturbed soil. Read More... September 27, 2021 Pasture, Body Condition, and Reproduction Pasture systems often result in lower BCS or greater loss of BCS during the first 1 to 2 months of lactation, and supplementation to restore body condition has many benefits. Read More... March 01, 2021 Bermudagrass Establishment Now is the time to start thinking about sprigging bermudagrass in the southeast. Sprigging bermudagrass is an expensive investment, but if done properly, it can pay for itself rather quickly. So here are some recommendations that you may take to reduce the risk of bermudagrass stand failure. Read More... January 26, 2021 Residual Grazing The Importance of Residual in Grazing Late winter/early spring is the time most dairymen that graze fall planted cool season annuals in the southeastern US, start thinking about turning their cows out on to this pasture. For most, its a rewarding time of the year. The weather is still cool, there are no issues with flies and grazed dry matter intakes can be high if there is adequate forage. Read More... January 05, 2021 Fall Soil Testing Fall is the optimum time to conduct soil testing. Whether a farmer tests annually or bi-annually, a soil test can be the ‘cheapest fertilizer dollar’ he/she can spend. The soil is the foundation of strong forages and pasture so knowing the state of the soil’s nutrient profile is important. Read More... January 02, 2021 No-till Overseeding To those Southeast Area dairy folks that rely on winter annual forages for early winter through spring … NOW is the time to be no-till overseeding your warm season perennial pastures. Any of the cereal varieties i.e. winter wheat, triticale, winter rye and oats are especially time sensitive because of all tend to head out in mid spring. Read More... Recent Blogs USDA expands conservation opportunities Soil health principles and practicesA guide to rotational grazingResearch explains why cool cows can provide more milkManagement of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and HayfieldsStockpiling tipsHow to plant into cover cropsEstablishing Cool-Season Annual GrassesPasture, Body Condition, and ReproductionBermudagrass Establishment Tags [CMSAbstractTransformation.DataBind]: [DataConnection.HandleError]: Query: SELECT DISTINCT * FROM CMS_Tag WHERE (TagGroupID = ) Caused exception: Incorrect syntax near ')'.