Check Your Seed:  Don’t Plant Poisonous Pasture Weeds

Check Your Seed: Don’t Plant Poisonous Pasture Weeds

A cattle producer contacted me earlier this spring to investigate a “pretty but unusual” weed that had quickly spread over a pasture.  This  field had been planted this past fall with certified oat seed for winter forage. While definitely pretty, it was obvious that...
Florida Pasture Endophyte and Mycotoxin Update

Florida Pasture Endophyte and Mycotoxin Update

Over the past several years, livestock ranchers in Florida have reported concerns about animal health issues in cattle, equine, and endangered wildlife that have raised questions about the possibility of toxicity issues associated with forage grasses. With financial...
Creeping Indigo: Get Ahead of the Problem Now

Creeping Indigo: Get Ahead of the Problem Now

The calendar and thermometer indicate the return of consistent warm weather is arriving soon. With it come forage production for grazing and hay, and the many weeds which create an assortment of problems.  Included is Creeping indigo, Indigofera spicata, a weed with...