Selected Websites You May Find Helpful
Please note that websites can and do change. We will periodically update this list.
NDSU Agriculture. Extension Service, Experiment Station, and College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Contains a wealth of information including news, calendar, timely topics, research center information, and extension bulletins www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu
Extension bulletins available online that you may find useful
Early Grazing Strategies. NDSU Extension Bulletin R-1167. Explains several options for early season grazing (e.g. feedlot, tame pastures, native range). www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/range/r1167w.htm
Determining Grazing Readiness for Native and Tame Pastures. NDSU Extension Bulletin R-1061. Explains range readiness in terms of plant growth and development, and growing degree days. Also addresses the importance of record keeping. www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/hay/r1061w.htm
Water Quality: The Rangeland Component. NDSU Extension Bulletin R-1028. Explains how management of watersheds with significant rangelands influences water quality. Also gives a good overview of factors relating to basic range management principles.
Selected North Dakota and Minnesota Range Plants
Descriptions and photographs of common ND and MN range plants. Includes information on forage value, habitat, distribution map, and season of growth (EB-69). www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/range/eb69-1.htm
Supplementing Cattle on Drought-affected Pastures and Ranges. Revised in April 2008, this bulletin provides helpful information for livestock producers during drought (DS-12-97). www.ag.ndsu.edu/disaster/drought/supplementingcattleonpastures.html
Russian Thistles and Kochia for Forage. Describes how these two weeds can be used as an emergency feed during drought (A-125). www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/hay/a125w.htm
NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center: Includes these topics of particular interest to rangeland monitoring: Rangeland Monitoring: Seventeen Indicators of Rangeland Health, Doing the Math: Calculating a Sustainable Stocking Rate, Transitions: Adaptive Rangeland Health Monitoring, A New Program at CGREC – Monitoring Rangeland Health, and Useful Range Websites. www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/streeter/
Note: The Range Manager’s Forum, a discussion board has recently been added to the website. It will enable everyone from the novice to the well-seasoned range and grassland manager to swap news, post and answer questions, exchange views, and in other ways communicate relevant information on range and grassland management topics. You can link to it from the CGREC homepage. Look for The Range Manager’s Forum on the menu.
North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition (NDPGLC): A grassroots resource stewardship group committed to using techniques of proven range science, and working with others to develop and promote healthy grazing lands in North Dakota. A booklet profiling ten producer operations is available online at: http://www.rangelandrestorationacademy.org/County/site/pdf/GrazingLandsBook.pdf
Range Forum: The Range Forum is an agency neutral group of people interested in range management (largely in the Bismarck-Mandan area). Among other activities they have a brown bag lunch once a month to hear presentations and discuss range management topics. www.rangeforum.com
North Dakota Natural Resource Conservation Service: Contains a wealth of information from cost-share programs and technical guides, to publications and information for students and teachers. www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov
NRCS Soil Survey’s on the web: Contains online versions of soil surveys for the entire United States. Also accessible through the ND NRCS website. http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/
Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab at Texas A & M University: Described as a rancher’s tool for monitoring livestock nutrition and forage quality. http://cnrit.tamu.edu/ganlab
Grass Growth and Regrowth for Improved Management: A website (and companion CD) developed by Oregon State University that that simply and accurately explains how grasses grow and respond to grazing. Aimed at farmers and ranchers, teachers, extension personnel, and others interested in grassland and range management. http://forages.oregonstate.edu/projects/regrowth/default.cfm
Grass Growth and Response to Grazing: A Colorado State University online publication about how grasses grow and respond to grazing. Colorado State University Natural Resources Series no. 6.108. www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/06108.PDF
Foragebeef.ca: You will want to checkout this website which contains a wide array of information relating to current Canadian agricultural issues and technical information on forage and beef production. Much of the information is also applicable to North Dakota. The technical information may be most helpful. Topics include health and disease, management, drought management, fencing, hay, pasture management, seed production, silage, and water systems. Information is presented in three levels of sophistication: the “Knowledge Nuggets” which are brief and concise summaries of a topic; “Fact Sheets” which consist of more in depth information for those that want to know how the information was derived, and “Research Papers,” for the scientist/analyzer in you. www.Foragebeef.ca
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