Articles about our project or that quote the scientists and farmers involved in our project and what they are discovering about management practices that could help make grazing-based beef cattle production systems more resilient..
Technology helps agriculture to flourish
June 12, 2017 - The Altus Times
Modern producers are marrying the power of technology and age-old farming practices without losing their connection to land and nature.
Kansas added to interactive Cover Crops Decision Tool website
June 1, 2017 - Hays Daily News
There are dozens of cover crop options, and you’ll need to decide which one — or which combination of species — you’d like to use on each field you have in mind.
Feed requirements for cattle
April 15, 2017 - SUNUP TV
Dave Lalman has nutritional advice for transitioning your herd from feed to forage.
Prescription for rejuvenation
April 10, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
Walter Fick discusses how prescribed burns can rejuvenate landscapes and improve grassland health by reducing unwanted species.
Reducing stocking rates and delayed grazing for grasslands that burned
April 6, 2017 - The Hays Daily News
Walt Fick discusses grassland and grazing management in light of recent wildfires.
ID is first step in pasture weed control
April 4, 2017 - Farm Talk Newspaper
Doug Shoup discusses the need for proper identification and knowledge of weed life cycles for effective control.
Moderation is good in all things, cows included
March 30, 2017 - The Western Producer
David Lalman is interviewed on the costs of maintaining modern cows.
Better manage nitrogen with software
March 29, 2017 - Successful Farming @ Agriculture.com
Brian Arnall discusses nitrogen needs and management choices.
Kansas State researchers look for strategies to reduce wheat yield gap
March 29, 2017 - Today's Producer
Research shows that there’s approximately a 30-35 bushel-per-acre yield gap between current yields and the yield potential, largely because of substandard wheat management practices. Researchers including team members Romulo Lollato, Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, and Brent Jaenisch a next generation scientist working on his masters degree in Agronomy at KSU.
Kansas wheat update: Crop challenged by lack of moisture through much of the state
March 23, 2017 - Kansas State Research and Extension News
Dry winter weather and high temperatures have left growers facing several agronomic and economic considerations as they decide whether to maintain the crop or plant the field to a different spring-planted crop. Romulo Lollato discusses the options.
Extreme Weather, Variability Preceded Southern Great Plains Wildfires
March 22, 2017 - The Daily Yonder
Co-project Director and Director of the USDA Grazinglands Research Laboratory , Jean Steiner discusses the conditions leading up to recent wildfires.
Update on 2017 Wheat Crop
March 17, 2017 - That's My Farm
Romulo Lollato is interviewed by Jim Shroyer on the condition of the 2017 wheat crop in Kansas.
Moisture, higher temps become critical for SW Kansas grasslands
March 16, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
Walter Fick, Kansas State Range Management Specialist discusses the impact of recent wildfires on range and recovery needs.
Managing Rangeland Following Wildfire
March 13, 2017 - Walt Fick, KSREVideos
Walt Fick, K-State rangeland specialist, talks about likely regrowth on burned acres and stocking rate adjustments that producers should consider for long-term recovery of those grasslands.
Rearchers compare nutrient uptake in modern and historic wheat varieties
March 9, 2017 - Kansas Wheat
Romulo Lollato, Kansas State University wheat and forages extension agronomist; Allan Fritz, wheat breeder in KSU’s agronomy department; and Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, KSU associate professor and nutrient management specialist in agronomy, have started a study to help Kansas farmers maintain budget-friendly cutting edge nutrition management practices.
Cattle Nutrition After Wildfire
March 9, 2017 - Agriculture Today
Justin Waggoner emphasizes the immediate need for adequate water for cattle and looks at the option of putting the cow herd on wheat pasture as a short-term nutritional resource.`
Wheat Crop Conditions Update
March 8, 2017 - Agriculture Today
Romulo Lollato advises producers to evaluate yield potential now, and to use the "first hollow stem" stage as a signal to pull cattle off wheat pasture, if that wheat is to be harvested for grain.
Wheat Heats Up: Unusually Warm Winter Kicks Wheat Into High Gear
March 2, 2017 - DTN The Progressive Farmer
Romulo Lollato discusses wheat management needs in lilght of recent warm temperatures.
Management following a wildfire: Effects on vegetation and soils
March 1, 2017 - High Plains Public Radio
Walt Fick, DeAnn Presley, Romulo Lollato, and Mary Knapp discuss the impact of recent wildfires on rangeland, hay meadows, soil conditions and wheat fields in the region.
Wheat and Warm February
February 15, 2017 - Agriculture Today
Romulo Lollato discusses the soil temperature threshold that will prompt wheat plants to start coming out of dormancy early, and points out how producers can monitor real-time soil temperature trends in their locales.
Alternative Grazing Gaining Support
February 13.2017 - The Progressive Farmer
Russ Quin discusses some of the options for alternative grazing strategies outlined in Jason Warren's webinar on grazing cover crops.
Everything you want to know about ranching, but were too afraid to ask
January 28, 2017 - SUNUP TV
Dave Lalman explaining the basics of cattle production for SUNUP TV. It’s a good starting point for anyone wanting to build a ranching operation.
Effect of the recent winter storm on the Kansas wheat and alfalfa crops
January 20, 2017- KSU Agronomy eUpdate
Romulo Lollato discusses the effect of recent ice storms of wheat and alfalfa throughout Kansas
Kansas Wheat Scoop: Crop Conditions Deteriorate as Drought Invades Kansas
December 22, 2016
Romulo Lollato on the condition of wheat crops in the state.
Cover Crops Toxicity
December 21, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Jaymelynn Farney talks how producers can manage their grazing programs to avert any such problems.
December 17, 2016 - SUNUP TV
Dave Lalman discussing the best ways to conserve hay this winter.
Managing Cold Stress
December 16, 2016 - Beef Tips
K-State Beef Extension Specialist Justin Waggoner provides information on how to manage cold stress in beef cattle.
Grazing Cover Crops: Toxicity Considerations
December 16, 2016 - K-State Agronomy eUpdate
This article describes popular cover crops and the dangers they present for grazing livestock.
December 16, 2016
Romulo Lollato advises growers to inspect their stands for signs of weak plant establishment.
Wheat growth and development this fall in Kansas
December 9, 2016 - K-State Agronomy eUpdate
KSRE Wheat Specialist Romulo Lollato discusses some of the major concerns that other regions of the state are currently facing.
Warm Weather and Wheat
November 29, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Romulo Lollato talks the effect on winter hardiness and the impact for late-emerging wheat stands.
Listen to full audio here
Seeding Rate, Planting Depth and Starter Fertilizer
November 1, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Romulo Lollato talks about adjustments that growers need to make when planting winter wheat this late in the fall.
Sunflower Supreme Heifer Program
October 31 - Agriculture Today
Jaymelynn Farney reports on the program's successes in replacement heifer development and previews the program's upcoming annual heifer sale.
Listen to full audio here
Feeding newly-weaned calves
October 17, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension
K-State specialist gives tips to improve feed consumption by weaned calves.
It All Begins with Soil Testing
October 12, 2016 - No-till Farmer
OSU Soil Fertility specialist Brian Arnall on precision nutrient management in forage systems.
Wheat Management Phone App
October 10, 2016 - Agriculture Today
K-State wheat production specialist RomuloLollato promotes a new tool from OSU which helps growers manage wheat for grazing while still maintaining that stand's yield potential. It measures ground cover to know when to adjust stocking rates on wheat pasture as well as when to pull cattle off that wheat.
Most Likely Causes of Poor Wheat Emergence
October 7, 2016 - Romulo Lollato, KSU Agronomy eUpdate
Getting good stand establishment of wheat is the first step in establishing the yield potential of the crop. A good and uniform stand allows for better use of resources -- such as light, water, and nutrients -- decreasing within-field yield variability and increasing the yield potential of the crop.
K-State agronomy researchers awarded grant to expand study of cover crops and fertilizer management
October 3, 2016
Four researchers in Kansas State University's agronomy department were awarded a three-year, $468,599 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services to continue research on cover crops and fertilizer management on phosphorous loss in surface runoff.
The N-Rich Strip
October 1, 2016 - SUNUPTV
Oklahoma Stat Nutrient Management Specialist Brian Arnall discusses the importance of N-rich strips in helping guide nutrient management decisions in newly-planted fields.
Watch full video here
Utilizing cover crops for weed control: Be sure to consider all aspects
September 23, 2016 - Anita Dille & DeAnn Presley, KSU Agronomy eUpdate
Cover crops may be able to suppress weeds in some cases, but this is just one of many considerations that producers should take into account when selecting cover crops. The following are some questions to guide you when considering cover crops for your field, with weed management as a goal.
Optimum sowing dates and seeding rates for wheat in Kansas
September 19, 2016 - Romulo Lollato, KSU Agronomy eUpdate
Ensuring that the wheat crop is sown during the optimum window of sowing dates and seeding rate are two steps needed to help ensure that the crop can reach its maximum yield potential.
Stockpiling Bermudagrass for Cattle
September 17, 2016 - SUNUP TV
Oklahoma State Beef Extension Specialist Dave Lalman explains the benefits of stockpiling bermudagrass to meet cattle feeding needs during fall and winter.
Invasive Trees in Pastures
September 14, 2016 - Agriculture Today
K-State range management specialist Walt Fick has advice on fall control via herbicide treatments to standing trees or cut stumps.
Selecting Grazing Wheat
September 12, 2016 - Agriculture Today
K-state wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato talks about commonly-grown varieties for their forage production, whether for both grazing and grain production or solely for pasturing.
Beef Calf Weaning Nutrition
September 7, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Justin Waggoner, K- State beef systems specialist, talks about managing feed intake and offers a K-State-developed feeding protocol.
Precision Nutrient Managemgnt in Forage Systems
August 30, 2016 - Progressive Forage
The ultimate goal of any precision nutrient management tool should be this: producing the highest quality output (in this case forage) with the least amount of input – ultimately, optimizing efficiencies and maximizing profits.
Wheat Crop Analysis
July 20, 2016 - Agriculture Today
K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato looks back on the just-harvested wheat crop in Kansas, and what made it so successful for most growers.
Post-Harvest Soil Quality
July 14, 2016 - Agriculture Today
K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley discusses management of wheat crop residue following harvest.
What commercial producers are doing and what they can do better, experts say
July 11, 2016 - Progressive Cattleman
Unlike the pork and poultry industry, producers in the beef business have to have a long-term thought process about genetics and the effects it will have on the industry – because essentially “what’s done is done.”
OSU faculty member honored by PrecisionAg Institute
Brian Arnall, Project collaborator and associate professor in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, will be recognized at the Educator/Researcher of the Year by the PrecisionAg Institute at their annual conference this August.
Beef Improvement Federation at K-State
June 20, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Oklahoma State University beef specialist Dave Lalman remarks on what cow-calf producers need to do better to preserve their profitability over the next 20 years.
Intuitive Assessment Aids Stocking Rate Management
June 2016 - Noble Foundation
Producers understand the variance associated with weather patterns, rainfall in particular. This can lead to considerations for altering the stocking rate of pastures. Often times it is useful to call on a professional pasture and range specialist to assist with these decisions, but do not discount the value of experience with the land.
Kansas Added to Interactive "Cover Crop Decision Tool" Website
April 27, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News
Cover crops are a complex topic in many ways. There are lots of choices, each with different strengths and weaknesses, and each suited best for different goals and field conditions. That’s where an interactive web site can be a big help.
Wildfire Effects on Various Grasses
April 19, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News
A K-State range management specialist offers pasture management advice to producers.
Grazing Management: Toxic Plants Publication Aims to Help Producers
April 18, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News
A new K-State publication provides vital information on plants that, if consumed, could harm cattle and other livestock.
Agronomy Faculty, Students Win Gamma Sigma Delta Awards
April 12, 2016 - K-State Today
Several project team members were honored by Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society for agriculture.
Cow, meet your environment
April 6, 2016 - Drovers
Oklahoma State University animal scientist Dave Lalman, PhD, says many producers still are not selecting for cows that match their environments, meaning lost efficiencies and higher-than-necessary production costs.
Effects of Wildfire on Grass Species
April 4, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Kansas Wildfire Recovery Resources
March 31, 2016 - Kansas Department of Agriculture
Wildfire resource information available on KDA website.
Heifer Nutrition Management
March 24, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Justin Waggoner advises cow-calf producers to weigh heifers now to assure that they are on a proper nutritional track before breeding time.
March 17, 2016 - Agriculture Today
Walt Fick addresses burn timing and anticipating smoke behavior, while recommending planning aids at www.ksfire.org.
NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Addressing the Nation's Agricultural Challenges
February 19, 2016 - USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Learn more about the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funded research projects.
Rice named first recipient of the Mary Vanier Endowed Professorship
February 9, 2016 - K-State Today
Project collaborator and and university distinguished professor of agronomy at Kansas State University, Charles Rice has been named the first recipient of the Mary L. Vanier University Professorship.
Trim Winter Wheat Costs
January 25, 2016 - Agriculture.com
With lower commodity prices, cutting input costs on wheat is important.
Wheat Grazing Webinar Planned for Jan. 28
January 22, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News
Running cattle on wheat pasture in the winter months can have big payoffs, but can also require attention to time and intensity.
Calving Season Tips: Increased Energy Management During Extreme Weather is Crucial
January 19, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News
Kansas State University Beef Cattle Specialist, Dr. Justin Waggoner, discusses management strategy for avoiding cold stress during the winter months.
Finding Best Ways to Safeguard Beef Production in Changing Climate
January 6, 2016 - Beef Business Journal
Kansas State University's Dr. Dan Devlin discusses the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Resilience and Vulnerability of Beef Cattle Production in the Southern Great Plains Under Changing Climate, Land Use and Markets.
Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions
January 2016 - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Pasture and range consultant at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Hugh Aljoe, discusses "mob grazing," or ultra-high stock density (UHSD) grazing.
8 New Livestock Grazing Videos Available for Viewing Online
December 30, 2015 - Beef Daily
Amanda Radke highlights the Enterprise Flexibility series offered by Great Plains Grazing.
Earthworms: One of Many Indicators of Soil Health
December 28, 2015 - Farms.com
Environmental Quality Specialist at Kansas State University, Dr. Peter Tomlinson, explains how important earthworms significantly impact soil health.
Oklahoma Rains Bring Need for Nutrient Management in Wheat and Canola
December 21, 2015 - Oklahoma Farm Report
Get an update on this year's wheat and canola from Oklahoma State University's Dr. Brian Arnall.
Great Plains Grazing Project
December 14, 2014 - Agriculture Today
Join as K-State Research and Extension's Eric Atkinson interviews Dr. Peter Tomlinson and Lana Barkman about the new Enterprise Flexibility video series.
Time to Change Directions
December 11, 2015 - Drovers Cattle Network
Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Specialist and Great Plains Grazing team member Dr. David Lalman talk cow characteristics as a piece of Alan Newport's article.
Winter Pastures Benefit From In-Season Tips
December 2015 - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's James Locke discussing management tips for winter pasture.
New Series of Livestock Grazing Videos Available Online
December 10, 2015 - K-State Research and Extension News
Learn more about Great Plains Grazing's Enterprise Flexibility video series in this article by Steve Watson.
Newly Revised OSU Beef Cattle Manual a Great Gift
Fall 2015 - Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Donald Stotts shares information about OSU Beef Cattle Manual, and where they are available.
Cover Crops Prove Enhancive To Both Cattlemen And Grain Farmers
November 3, 2015 - Kansas Ag Network
JaymelynnProject collaborator Jaymelynn Farney presented on the value of cover crops at the Grazing Management Workshop hosted by the Conservation Distracts and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Using Vertical Tillage Without Casting Away Residue
October 26, 2015 - No-Till Farmer
Extreme weather events enabled the movement of stalks to ditches over the past year. Fingers have been pointed in different directions. This article, by Laura Barrera, discusses the topic.
Farm Factor - Old World Blue Stem Grasses
October 13, 2015 - Ag am in Kansas
Duane Toews and Dr. Walter Fick join Am am in Kansas during the Kansas State University Beef Stocker Conference to discuss Old World Blue Stem.
Minimizing Stress on Weaning Calves
September 28, 2015 - Agriculture Today
K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner discusses several principles of fall calf weaning, to assure the smoothest transition possible...with the main theme being minimizing stress on those calves.
K-State’s Rice Tapped for Key National Academies of Science Post
September 9, 2015 - K-State Today
Kansas State University's Charles "Chuck" Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy, has been named to chair the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a major program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, starting Jan. 1, 2016.
Ergot and Vomitoxin Issues
September 3, 2015 - Agriculture Today
K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney talks about two cattle nutrition issues: ergot in cool-season pastures and vomitoxin in wheat that might be fed to cattle...she discusses how producers can manage around those problems.
Cover Crops As Grazing Forages for Beef Cattle
July 23, 2015 - Agriculture Today
K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses the use of various cover crops as grazing forages for beef cattle in the fall and winter...she goes over the cover crop types and their forage production potential, and talks about K-State research into the best utilization of these crops for cow herd or stocker grazing.
Great Plains Grazing Project Aims to Help Producers Mitigate Drought and Assess Carbon Footprint
July 13, 2015 - Agricultural News, Radio Oklahoma Network
Project Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jean Steiner, discusses how drought can impact wheat grazing in the Southern Great Plains.
New OSU Berry Fellows Would Make Namesake 'Pleased'
July 11, 2015 - OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Project Extension co-lead Jason Warren announced as one of four Thomas E. Berry Fellow by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center.
Great Plains Grazing Project Evaluating How Forage Quality Influences Methane Emissions
July 10, 2015 - Agricultural News, Radio Oklahoma Network
Understand the background of the Great Plains Grazing project, as well as the project goals.
Talking Research with Dr. Jean Steiner of USDA's Grazinglands Research Lab at Ft. Reno
July 9, 2015 - Agricultural News, Radio Oklahoma Network
Project Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jean Steiner was interviewed about the current mission of the ARS research unit- including the recent designation of the lab as the Southern Region Climate Hub for ARS and the USDA as well as the halfway completed Great Plains Grazing research project.
Read full article and listen to audio
The Food and Water Cycle/Making Agronomy Sustainable
April 2015 - International Innovation
Project co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jean Steiner, discusses research at the USDA-ARS facility at El Reno, OK focusing on adapting to changing climate, reducing carbon footprints, and making better use of water.
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That's MY Farm: Cover Crops
April 24, 2015 - That's My Farm TV
Project Collaborator, Dr. DeAnn Presley is interviewed about cover crops.
New Kansas Ethanol Plant Turning Crop Residue into Fuel
March 9, 2015 - Kansas Public Radio
Kansas State University Extension specialist discusses the importance of crop residue to soil health.
Environmental Factors such as Matching Cows to Their Environment, Heat Stress, and Immunity to Disease Affect Herd Fertility
February 2015 - Angus Beef Bulletin
$9.6 Million Study Examines Beef Resilience to Climate Change
January 12, 2015 - Beef Producer
Five-year study encompasses several universities and the USDA; will communicate findings to beef producers.
K20 USDA Climate Lesson: Southern Great Plains
THIS CLIMATE MITIGATION LESSON is designed to provide an understanding of the cyclic relationship between climate variability and agriculture practice. It also explains how we can positively address climate variations through sustainable practices.
View this lesson and other environmental science lessons at k20alt.edu
Oklahoma Weather Leaves Available Nutrients In Limbo
June 17, 2014 – Oklahoma Farm Report
Brian Arnall on the impact of weather on fertilizer requirements and soil nutrients
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What an Oklahoma Grazing Land Can Teach US About Global Climate Change
April 24, 2014 - StateImpact Oklahoma
USDA-ARS laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma selected as Southern Regional Climate Hub.
Why "Wasteful" Science is Important
December 18, 2014 - Live Science
Response to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's inclusion of Great Plains Grazing in his annual "Wastebook."
Canola College 2014 - Brian Arnall Says Paying Attention to Basic Fertility Yields Best Results
February 27, 2014 - Oklahoma Farm Report
Project collaborator and soil fertility specialist, Brian Arnall, is interviewed by Ron Hays about a canola event and the basics of soil fertility
Oklahoma Weather Leave Available Nutrients in Limbo
USDA Grant Focuses on Beef Cattle Production
September, 2013 - Ag News and Views
Project announcement in monthly publication of the Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division
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