Improvements in U.S. Pasture and Rangeland Conditions

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Livestock, Pasture, Sheep-Goats

Both ends of the nation’s pasture and rangeland condition ratings reveal year over year improvements within the final condition report for 2023. Rod Bain has the story. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at states with notable good to excellent pasture and rangeland conditions for the period ending this past week. Rippey also discusses regions of the country where there are …


Alabama Cattlemen Looking at All Aspects of the Current Drought

Dan Alabama, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA), Beef, Cattle, Pasture

It’s dry across the Southeast and conditions are getting worse in many parts of Alabama. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) Executive Vice President, Erin Beasley, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman they are looking at all aspects of this drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the lack of rain has led to worsening drought conditions in Alabama. Extreme drought conditions are being noted in the …


Study Shows Positive Economic Impact of Soil Health

Dan Agri-Business, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Economy, Field Crops, Livestock, Pasture, This Land of Ours

A new study links soil health and farm profitability. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Soil Health Institute (SHI) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the results of a nationwide study showing how improving soil health can improve a farmer’s profitability. The study shows farmers can build resilience across a diversity of soil types, …


NASS Releases 2023 Land Values Summary

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Pasture, USDA-NASS

The U.S. farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $4,080 per acre for 2023. That’s up $280 per acre, or 7.4 percent, from 2022. The U.S. cropland value averaged $5,460 per acre, an increase of $410 per acre, or 8.1 percent, from the previous year. The U.S. pasture value averaged …


Manure Recycling on the Farm

Dan Beef, Biofuels/Energy, Cattle, Dairy, Environment, Equine, Fertilizer, Greenhouse Gas, Livestock, Pasture, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, This Land of Ours

It’s another type of recycling on the farm. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Farmers who utilize manure as a fertilizer mostly get the aromatic livestock byproduct from their own operations. New data from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows most manure applied to U.S. cropland, 78 percent, comes from animals raised on the same operation. Meanwhile, 14 percent …