It has been known for centuries that crop rotation is a highly desirable agronomic practice, even if the rotation involves only row crops. Benefits that can result from this practice include: (1) interruption of the life cycles of diseases, harmful insects, and nematodes; (2) more efficient control of weeds as well as reduced weed […]
It may seem like fall is the ideal time to cut back your garden plants, and if you’re thinking of grass, vegetables and perennials, it is. But shrubs, on the other hand, benefit from a late-winter, early spring prune. Why Prune in Late-Winter? In temperate regions, most shrubs go dormant in the winter and halt […]
Virtually all livestock producers know that overgrazing (i.e. grazing a pasture closer than is normally recommended) is detrimental. However, it seems that many people only have a vague (or at least incomplete) understanding of exactly why overgrazing is harmful. Here are some reasons. Reduced Forage Production– Leaves are the food production factory of a plant. […]
Inside your home is the coziest place to be during winter. It’s warm, dry and safe. Unfortunately, pesky insects think so too. Cold, outdoor temperatures force bugs to find a warm place to survive, but Ragan & Massey’s indoor/outdoor insecticides can prevent them from making your home their safe haven. Control the Worst Pests Compare-N-Save […]
Winter forage pastures help farmers across the southern United States stretch their stockpiles of hay by prolonging the grazing season. A winter pasture supplements winter diets with healthy ryegrass or forage oats, allowing cattle to graze until spring. Planting a successful winter forage pasture begins with Prine. Why Prine? Ragan & Massey developed Prine Tetraploid […]
Agronomists, seed company representatives, and others often mention the importance of decisions pertaining to seed selection and purchase. Most forage/livestock producers would say they agree with this line of thinking. However, it is easy to forget about this (or, more likely, not give it as much attention as it deserves) when actually making a seed […]
Garden enthusiasts don’t let falling temps and frozen soil stop them from getting their hands in dirt. Instead, most opt to bring their hobby indoors. There are a variety of ways to grow both food and decorative plants while staying cozy inside. Force Bulbs Flower bulbs that are typically planted in the fall, like tulip, […]
Homeowners are busy outdoors in the spring, summer, and fall. But many believe when temperatures drop and plant growth stops, their job is done. The opposite is true. Winter lawn care requires taking special steps to help your lawn and plants get the most out of a long, restful sleep. The more you do for […]
We normally think of animal output from pasture in terms of pounds of gain (per day or per animal), while output per unit of land area is usually expressed as pounds of gain per acre. A livestock producer needs to have a basic understanding of how stocking rate affects both output per animal and output […]
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Ragan & Massey is at the forefront of the forage seed and agricultural chemical industries. We offer 34 high-quality, innovative products under 12 proprietary brands that are available in over 3,500 stores nationwide. We’re proud of our lineup and guarantee our products’ effectiveness. But don’t just take our word for it, the proof is in […]
Food plots that attract plenty of deer and other wildlife take year-round effort. When temperatures drop, food plot maintenance shifts from planting and growing to planning and preparation.
In most of the eastern United States (east Texas to the Atlantic and from Florida to well north of Kentucky) there are only are a handful of native species that are planted and grown for forage, and even these are not widely planted.
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Under certain circumstances, nitrate levels in plants can build up to potentially toxic levels. This typically occurs when a relatively high level of nitrogen-containing fertilizer (60 or more units of nitrogen/acre) is applied to a forage crop, but there is poor forage growth because of an extended drought. Other stresses such as cloudy weather, excessive […]
Getting rid of stubborn weeds can be backbreaking work. And, unfortunately, with many stubborn weeds, you can pull all you want by hand, but you may never eradicate the weeds completely due to deep or massive root systems. Do your back a favor and try these products to eliminate the worst weeds. Dandelion Children think […]
Why does it seem that weeds can grow anywhere, under any condition? You work and work at keeping your flowers and shrubs alive in hot, dry weather, only to have weeds and grass grow like crazy in driveways and walkways. Not to worry, we have a solution. RM43 and Compare-N-Save Weed & Grass Killer are […]
Insecticides are a powerful tool to rid your home and yard of invading, and sometimes biting, pests. The products offered by Ragan & Massey, specifically our Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide and Lawn Insect Control Granules, kill many common insects found both inside and outside your home. Can I spray Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide in my vegetable garden? […]
There are major differences among animal species with regard to how they graze. Cattle graze by hooking their tongues around forage, gripping it between the tongue and lower incisor teeth, and then tearing it from the plants. Sheep, goats, and horses bite off forage much as humans might take a bite out of an apple, […]
Herbicides are a huge helper when you want to remove unwanted ornamentals, grasses and weeds from your lawn, flowerbeds and fencerows. Pulling weeds and digging out plants by hand is back-breaking work. Applying a herbicide lets you spray, walk away and come back later to replant. Each of our herbicides work a little differently and […]
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, […]
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 […]
For decades, forage legumes such as clovers, vetches, alfalfa, and lespedezas have been considered to be special and beneficial pasture plants. In recent years, incentives for livestock producers to grow them, usually as a companion to forage grasses, have further increased. Why are many people more interested than ever in growing legumes? Here are […]
BRUSHTOX is one of our favorite products. It knocks out those tough woody plants on your property like mesquite, oak, locust, wild rose and sweetgum that get in the way of healthy pastures and fertile fields. In fact, BRUSHTOX kills more than 60 varieties of woody plants. This systemic herbicide also eliminates more than 30 […]
Sometimes you need to spray around bodies of water and using just any herbicide won’t do. You need a solution that’s made for weeds that grow around lakes, streams, creeks and ponds. You need Farm General Aquatic Herbicide. Farm General Aquatic Herbicide is a water-soluble herbicide that contains a 53.8% glyphosate solution. It eliminates many […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our herbicides and insecticides are powerful products designed to help homeowners and farmers keep their properties weed and pest-free. We offer a lot of advice on how to spray our products and how to do it safely. But once the job is over, there is a little more knowledge to know – how to store […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
RM18 is just one of those products that is extremely versatile around the home and garden. This total weed control solution that starts working the minute it touches the plant while leaving the soil untouched and fertile for those plants you want to keep. As one of our favorite products, we get asked all sorts of questions […]
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 […]
Farming has changed drastically in the last 50 years. Today’s farmer produces more food on fewer acres to feed more people and dairy farmers must milk their herds every day as each cow produces 70 pounds of milk per day. These hardworking folks deserve lots of the love from their communities for the hard work they do. […]
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 […]
RM43 is effective on brush, vines and more than 150 weeds including the really tough ones like kudzu, poison ivy and poison oak and many more. We get a lot of questions about RM43 so we thought we’d share a couple.
Grazing management is an extremely important topic that deserves serious consideration by any profit-oriented livestock producer. There are numerous benefits associated with good grazing management, including (but not limited to) the following.
Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide protects your home and surroundings. As the name suggests, it can be applied both inside and outside, even in the kitchen. Compare-N-Save Indoor/Outdoor Insecticide offers residual control which means it keeps working long after the spray has dried.
The key to a great-looking lawn year-round is making sure to do your due diligence every season. That means focusing on fertilizer, weed elimination and general lawn upkeep winter, spring, summer and fall.
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 […]
It’s finally the off-season and you’ve waited a long time to put up the tractor keys in favor of a shotgun or bow. But before you settle in your tree stand, you may want to consider planting one more acre. A nutritious, palatable food plot attracts deer, turkeys and other game, while helping to maintain […]
A relatively minor problem or need generally have a minimal economic impact. However, collectively, small problems or needs can make a substantial difference.
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 […]
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 […]