Top Tips for Late-Summer Lawn Care

The lazy days of summer should consist of sipping sweet tea on the porch, napping in a swaying hammock and watching the kids run through the sprinkler. What they shouldn’t require is hours of yard work to repair a stressed-out lawn. August’s hot, steamy weather reminds homeowners it will be several weeks until your grass […]

PRUSSIC ACID POISONING

Some highly useful forage crops can be toxic in certain situations. The photograph above shows a field of sorghum-sudan hybrid, a fast-growing summer annual grass, which can provide good yields of nutritious forage. However, it is one of the forage crops that can cause prussic acid (also called hydrocyanic or HCN) poisoning. Other species in […]

Don’t Let Fire Ants Ruin Your Summer Fun

Celebrating outdoors is the epitome of summer fun. It doesn’t get better than picnics, pool parties, fireworks and just playing on the lawn. And usually with summer celebrations, the more the merrier unless those uninvited guests are fire ants. Fire ants are reddish to black and although they’re not native to the United States, they’ve […]

Rejuvenate Your Yard with Ragan & Massey

Your home’s landscape design, including flower beds, ornamental gardens and vegetable patches, are some of the proudest features of your home. These elements provide color, dimension and fresh produce to an otherwise sea of grass. But over time, your landscape design can become overgrown, crowded and infested with weeds. If this sounds like your yard, […]

Comparing Insecticides: Which Should You Use?

No matter the time of year, insects can really bug homeowners. Whether it is ants and cockroaches crawling their way around your kitchen or mosquitoes and ticks taking a bite out of your gardening time, these pests need to be controlled. Ragan & Massey offers three different brands of insecticide so you have protection against […]

3 Products Your Lawn Should Never Be Without

A great-looking lawn is a showpiece for any neighborhood and having one with thick, lush, green, weed-free grass is the goal of every homeowner. To get there, you need to make sure to have these three products on hand at all times.  Compare-N-Save Weed Killer for Lawns  Beautiful lawns are weed-free lawns. Compare-N-Save Weed Killer for Lawns controls more than 200 common weeds […]

Minimizing Hay Losses is Important

A key to profitable livestock production is to minimize the need for hay or other stored feed. Use of various techniques to extend the availability of pasture forage and thus keep animals grazing as long as possible is highly desirable on most farms. However, most producers will need to provide hay or some other stored feed at certain […]

What People are Saying about RM43

Being talked about may not always a great thing, unless you’re being talked about in a good way. At Ragan & Massey, we welcome reviews and opinions about our products because we understand just how strong word-of-mouth marketing is; people simply trust their friends and families’ advice on products. According to one study, 92% of consumers believe suggestions from friends and family […]

UNDERGRAZING CAN BE A PROBLEM

Good grazing management is one of the keys to having a profitable forage-livestock program. There are numerous benefits associated with grazing management, but regulating pasture forage height should be a major objective. Grazing too closely will result in less forage production and excess plant stress (some forage crops are much more tolerant of close grazing than others). Undergrazing is not discussed as […]

How to Safely Spray our Herbicides

When you need to remove stubborn kudzu, itchy poison ivy or tough dandelions and clover, you need a tough herbicide. Hand-pulling weeds just isn’t an option when you need to eradicate acres of weeds and brush. A powerful herbicide is the answer but we can’t stress enough that these products need to use properly and safely.   Never allow […]

The Ragan & Massey Experience Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

We talk a lot about how great our products are because we believe in them. Since we first opened our doors in 1991, we have grown to offer 34 high-quality, innovative products under 12 proprietary brands that are available in over 3,500 stores nationwide. Our products help farmers, ranchers and homeowners keep their properties weed and pest free. […]

Need to Spray Around Water? We’ve Got Just the Product

A common question we are consistently asked is, “Can I spray this around water?” And if you’re asking about RM18, RM43, Compare-N-Save Quick Acting Weed & Grass Killer or some of our other herbicides, the answer usually is no, unless of course, you’re asking about Farm General Aquatic Herbicide or Farmworks Aquatic Herbicide.   How Do These Products Work?  These powerful, water-soluble herbicides, made of […]

FORAGE TERMS 

Some terms associated with forage-livestock production are unique. Here are a few that are often used, along with definitions or explanations of each. Knowing what these terms mean can help a person better understand discussions of various aspects of forage-livestock agriculture.  Alkaloids- A large group of complex compounds that contain nitrogen and occur as by-products of plant biochemical processes, […]

“How do I control…?” Your Top Weed-Control Questions and Our Answers

Caring for your lawn, pasture and garden requires the extra muscle that herbicides and insecticides supply. Because these are strong products, we always recommend reading the label the first and even then our customers can have questions about the best way to apply our products and which tough weeds they’re capable of killing.  How do I eliminate […]

Five Steps to Easy Garden Prep

With spring is just around the corner, it is time to think about planting a new garden. You may have a spot in mind that’s perfect, but it is overgrown with grass and weeds. Don’t let the existing vegetation scare you off! Herbicides like RM18 and Compare-N-Save Quick Acting Weed & Grass Killer can turn any overgrown patch into a beautiful garden plot, no backbreaking work required.   Control More […]

MAXIMIZING BENEFITS FROM SOIL AMENDMENTS 

In recent years, fertilizer prices have increased.  Budgets prepared by university agricultural economists indicate that fertilizer cost associated with growing grass is typically 50 to 60 percent of the cost of producing beef cattle.  Unfortunately, it appears that the cost of commercial fertilizer is not likely to decline much anytime soon.  Producers who feel they have limited funds to spend […]

Rain and Snow Don’t Mix with RM43 

Precipitation is a must for many lawn and garden tasks. It helps moisturize a dry lawn, gets plants growing fast, is necessary to activate many fertilizers and come winter, provides insulation for dormant plants. But when it comes to applying herbicides like RM43, rain and snow won’t do the application any favors.  Dry Weather is Essential […]

New Year, New Lawn 

The New Year is here and if you’re resolving to have a new, beautiful lawn, you’ve stumbled onto the right blog. A thick, green, healthy lawn doesn’t just happen; it takes a lot of work. Doing some prep work now in colder months will mean you’ll be ahead of the game by the time spring is in […]

EVERYTHING COUNTS

A relatively minor problem or need generally have a minimal economic impact. However, collectively, small problems or needs can make a substantial difference.

Tips for Protecting Your Plants In Cold Weather 

Harsh, biting temperatures can not only do a number on bare skin, like hands and noses, but they can also do a number on your plants. Freezing temperatures can scald plants, freeze roots, damage foliage and even kill them outright. Usually, Mother Nature can prep plants for winter with fall rains and heavy blankets of snow. But you can’t always count on Mother Nature […]

Your Top 3 Prine Questions Answered

Prine. It’s Ragan & Massey’s proprietary seed blend that offers the best in commercially available ryegrass varieties from the outstanding University of Florida ryegrass breeding program. Our high-yield, rust- and disease-resistant tetraploid varieties deliver proven results for nutritious winter forage. Farmers and ranchers from across the country have long used Prine for pastures that can take the pressure of grazing long into the winter.  We get a lot […]

NUTRIENT FLOWS

After World War II, commercial fertilizer came into widespread use in agriculture, including on pastures and hayfields.  While no one enjoyed paying fertilizer bills, for a long time it was relatively inexpensive (or at least affordable), in addition to being quite convenient to use to stimulate forage growth. Things have changed.  Commercial fertilizer is much […]

Finish the Hunting Season Strong with PlotSpike 

With the 2019 – 2020 deer hunting season on the downslope, many hunters are still hoping to bag a buck. If you’re one of them, there’s still time to finish the hunting season strong with the help of PlotSpike.  PlotSpike is Ragan & Massey’s high-quality forage seed that attracts deer to your food plot. Our seed is developed without fillers […]

How To Get a Weed-Free Fence Line

Is there anything nicer than a clear, clean, weed-free fence line?  We certainly don’t think so.  That’s why we work so hard to make products that not only get the job done but keep working for months.  With best practices and our best products, keeping your fence line clear is not only easy but permanent.  BRUSHTOX This concentrated […]

MANAGING WEEDS IN CLOVERS

Benefits of legumes or legume/grass mixtures can include biological nitrogen fixation, higher forage yield, more favorable distribution of forage growth, and higher forage quality that results in better animal performance.   In pasture situations, clovers are by far the most commonly used type of forage legume. Depending on climatic conditions, soils, and sites, a livestock producer […]

The Best Winter Forage Tip from Ragan & Massey

Farmers across the southern United States depend on winter grazing to provide a healthy diet for livestock until spring. Why?  Winter pastures help stretch stockpiles of hay, saving farmers money and time by allowing cattle, sheep, horses and goats to graze far beyond the normal growing season.  So now that you’re on board with putting in a winter pasture, how do you ensure your […]

What Type of PlotSpike Seed is Best?

Ragan & Massey’s PlotSpike is a high-quality product that attracts both deer and turkey all year long. We also have several varieties, like our Forage Oats, that are PlotSpike exclusives developed just for our customers that work with no fillers or unnecessary coatings. With so many quality varieties, how do you know which type is best for your food plot?  Are you looking to get your food plot started fast?  Try PLOTSPIKE® FORAGE […]

Fall Into A Great Spring Lawn

A lush green, healthy spring lawn starts with good fall preparation. In autumn, your lawn is working hard to absorb all the extra energy, moisture and nutrients it can in preparation to go dormant during winter months. Some added care from you can help it along and look its best in spring.  Raise your Lawnmower Height  If you’ve been following our lawn […]

Why You Should Start Your Food Plot Now

It is getting close to the time of year that’s more precious to hunters than any other – hunting season. For most experienced hunters a food plot is a must. Food plots not only draw game and wildlife to your hunting ground, they help herds stay healthy and control population numbers. Even though hunting season doesn’t start until […]

5 Summer Tips for Prime Winter Forage

It’s hard to think about preparing for the scarcity winter when late-summer is so abundant. Fortunately, our forefathers learned long ago the importance of planning ahead for the long, winter months. Taking steps now for a winter forage pasture means your livestock will have supplemental feed all winter long that’s affordable and nutritious. And, hands down the best seed for winter forage is Ragan and Massey’s Prine Tetraploid.  Prine […]