Summer annuals trump the slump

Cool-season grasses are the star of the show during the spring and fall, but these forages tend to get stage fright during the hot, dry summer months. Planting summer annuals can mitigate the effects of a summer slump and ensure steady forage production the entire season. Summer annuals such as pearl millet, crabgrass, and sorghum-sudangrassContinue reading “Summer annuals trump the slump”

Extend Grazing with Summer Stockpile

Summer stockpiling is a system that excludes grazing from a portion of pasture acres during spring and summer in order to have forage for late-summer and early-fall grazing. This practice allows other pastures to stockpilefor winter grazing. The main goal is to provide a high quality, grazable forage during late summer, when cool season pastureContinue reading “Extend Grazing with Summer Stockpile”

Notes from the 2021 Fescue Renovation Workshop

When a group of interested individuals met for the 2021 Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop on March 23 at the MU Southwest Research Center looking for answers to fescue questions, they were not disappointed. The line-up of expert speakers on the subject was impressive. Opening the workshop, Craig Roberts, MU Extension Program Director of Agronomy,Continue reading “Notes from the 2021 Fescue Renovation Workshop”

Managed Grazing from a Distance

As the face of the American farmer changes, so do some of the methodologies, technologies, and results.  This is no different for the young cattlemen trying to get started in the business or starting new roots away from the family farm.  The reality is that many of us have jobs and homes away from theContinue reading “Managed Grazing from a Distance”

Virginia Releases Tall Fescue Fact Sheets

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Virginia Tech recently released five fact sheets on tall fescue. Each are just 1 page (front and back) and contain valuable information on understanding and managing novel endophyte tall fescue. They are: Fescue toxicosis – What it is and how it costs you Strategies to mitigate tall fescueContinue reading “Virginia Releases Tall Fescue Fact Sheets”

Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Made Simple

Animal performance problems related to toxic tall fescue are well documented, and there are many things that you can do to help with the problem.  Changes in nutrition, fertilization and animal genetics all may benefit animals suffering from eating fescue toxins, but nothing works like growing forage without toxins.  There are many “systems” for replacingContinue reading “Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Made Simple”

How You Manage Your Pastures Might be Important for You and Your Country!

Quite likely, we’ve all given thought to how we might manage our land in the best manner to be as productive as possible, while helping to protect the environment from harmful chemicals and to limit nutrient loss to adjacent streams.  But have you considered that how you manage your land might be equally important inContinue reading “How You Manage Your Pastures Might be Important for You and Your Country!”

Adaptive Grazing Management Provides Multiple Benefits

Concepts about grazing management continue to evolve, but the fundamental principal of short grazing bouts followed by relatively long rest periods doesn’t change.  Managed rotational grazing in some form goes back to the domestication of livestock.  The rotational grazing system may be implemented in various ways, ranging from movement through many permanent paddocks, to herdingContinue reading “Adaptive Grazing Management Provides Multiple Benefits”