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Pasture Management

The current cost of fertilizer, corn, and land has many livestock owners wondering how to stay profitable. Unfortunately there are not quick solutions. This article on nutrient cycling in pastures should help. I have condensed it for quicker reading.  Appropriate pasture management can enhance the nutrient cycle, increase productivity, and reduce costs. Two practical indicators of soil health are the number of earthworms and the percentage of organic matter in the soil.
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Calcium is key to root growth

In article from Science Daily, the growth of root hair is key to a plant pushing its roots further into the soil and not popping out of the soil. “This ability is governed by a self-reinforcing cycle. A protein at the tip of root hairs called RHD2 produces free radicals that stimulate the uptake of calcium from the soil. Calcium then stimulates the activity of RHD2, producing more free radicals and further uptake of calcium. When an obstacle blocks the hair's path, the cycle is broken and growth starts in another location and direction.” Have hard soil and/or low calcium soil, plan on a poor root system. Even the best genetics cannot over come hard or low calcium soil.
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Glyphosate & Crop Nutrient Interactions

Glyphosate & crop nutrient interactions have been a topic of conversation during many of my recent visits with agronomists & dealers.   Articles that discuss this in more detail: http://www.calciumproducts.com/component/k2/item/524-losing-the-glyphosate-resistant-pigweed-battle-we-can-help-you-get-back-in-the-fight http://www.calciumproducts.com/component/k2/item/494-controling-3-major-yield-robbers-in-2010 http://www.calciumproducts.com/component/k2/item/481-glyphosate-induced-micronutrient-deficiency I also found this article by Dr. Don Huber a very good summary of what is going on: http://www.fluidjournal.org/1gsdgfs-S10/S10-A4.pdf
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