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 […]

Give Summer’s Biggest Pests the Brush Off

After a long winter, it feels awesome to bask in the summer sun until that first bite from a mosquito or sting from a wasp occurs. Not only are insects irritating, but they carry diseases and can destroy your lawn, garden and flower beds.   Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide protects both the inside and outside of your home. It works around the […]

Red Clover: A ‘Work Horse’ Forage Legume

There are several good reasons for growing forage legumes when feasible. These include biological nitrogen fixation, possible extension of the grazing season, increased forage yield (especially compared to grasses receiving little or no nitrogen fertilizer), and improved forage quality.  Factors to consider in selecting a legume to plant can include producer objectives, soil types, sites, and grass species present.  No one legume is right for every […]

Take the Sting Out of Fire Ants this Summer

There are two truths that fall with every heavy rain – your grass will need to be mowed immediately (even if you just mowed the day before) and your yard will be covered with angry, red fire ant mounds filled with insects just waiting to sting your unsuspecting leg. Fire ants are more than just a pesky problem. The stings can […]

Get To Know Ragan & Massey’s Prine 

Winter grazing offers many benefits, like saving money, time and effort. It is no wonder that more and more farmers across the United States are adopting winter grazing habits for cattle, sheep, horses and goats. Planting a winter pasture helps stretch your stockpiles of hay, requiring less to buy or less time in the field to harvest. And, it […]

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Blue

Ponds and water features can be a yard showpiece or, if they’re muddy and murky, an eyesore. Farmworks Pond Dye is the solution. This product is a water-soluble pond colorant that safely transforms murky, cloudy and off-color water into beautiful blue water within just a few hours!  Where to Use It  Farmworks Pond Dye may be used in lakes, ponds, decorative […]

WEEDS IN FORAGE CROPS

Weeds rank as one of the major factors that limit productivity of forage crops.  Perhaps the best definition of a weed is simply “a plant out of place.”  Most hayfields, and especially most pastures, contain many plant species that are out of place and are unwanted.  Weeds compete with desirable plants for nutrients, moisture, sunlight, […]

Tips To Safely Use Our Products

Need to kill weeds in your lawn, but not your meticulously-maintained grass? Grab a bottle of Compare-N-Save Weed Killer for Lawns. Want to clear yard space for a new garden or flower bed and have it ready to plant in three days? RM18 is the answer. How about ridding an area of weeds and grass permanently for an outdoor project like a new driveway or […]

Do Homemade Weed Killers Work?  

You can’t go anywhere online right now without stumbling across a blog, article or post about using natural weed killers in your lawn or garden. These natural remedies swear you can use what’s already in your kitchen cupboard to kill the toughest weeds in your yard – dandelions, ground ivy, nettles, etc. So, do they work? No, not really.  […]

Forage Grasses Versus Forage Legumes

As we learn more about a subject, we usually begin to realize that even highly knowledgeable people don’t always agree about everything pertaining to it.  People are dealing with the same facts and principles sometimes have differing philosophies or want to take different approaches.  In forage production, an area of differing philosophy is what might be called, “the […]

Your Ultimate Guide To Mayberry Grass Seed

Buying grass seed can be confusing. There are numerous blends for sun or shade and the varieties of seed types seem endless. You want your lawn to be healthy, green and luxuriously thick but you don’t want to waste your money buying the wrong seed. We think our Mayberry Grass Seed is the best you can […]

Graduate to a Better Garden

Vegetable gardens are highly-prized spaces for many with a green thumb as this type of garden provides nourishment for the mind, body and soul. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of planting a seed, helping it grow and then putting it on your table for your family to enjoy.   If you are ready to commit to […]