Control Seedheads in Cool Season Forages for Improved Pasture Quality and Effective Renovation

Cool-season perennial grasses like tall fescue, orchardgrass and bluegrass are very important in many pasture systems. Each of these grasses only produces seedheads during the spring, and managing to prevent those seedheads from reaching maturity will improve the quality of the pasture during late spring and summer, and will be a critical first step inContinue reading “Control Seedheads in Cool Season Forages for Improved Pasture Quality and Effective Renovation”

Understanding Fescue Variety Terminology

All fescue varieties are not the same In fescue seed advertisements, one may see terminology like “endophyte-free, friendly or novel endophyte, beneficial endophyte or toxic endophyte.” Some ads may not mention an endophyte at all. All fescue varieties are not the same; therefore, producers need to have a clear understanding of the differences among varietiesContinue reading “Understanding Fescue Variety Terminology”

Spring Workshop Registrations Now Open

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is proud to once again offer virtual and in-person workshops for producers, extension, conservation, and industry professionals. Our 2022 Virtual Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will be held on March 8th, beginning at 6 pm (ET). Registration is just $15 for the 3 hour program and includes a recording ofContinue reading “Spring Workshop Registrations Now Open”

My New Year’s Resolution:  Renovate Some Tall Fescue Pasture in 2022!

Over my career, I have seen many solutions to the tall fescue problem suggested, tested, and then eventually shown to be ineffective.  I have personally been involved in many studies that tested various feed additives, forage management approaches, energy and protein supplementation programs and cattle with fescue tolerance.  While some of this work is encouraging,Continue reading “My New Year’s Resolution:  Renovate Some Tall Fescue Pasture in 2022!”

Weed Control Options for Newly Established Tall Fescue

Renovating a pasture takes guts. To hook up to a cutting harrow or sprayer full of glyphosate to kill green pastures and embark on a nerve-wracking journey is no easy feat. But when you make it to the end and see young tall fescue plants popping up, you likely have a great feeling of accomplishment.Continue reading “Weed Control Options for Newly Established Tall Fescue”

Triple Creek Journal: Feeding management for high nitrate hay

For many years, we made all our hay on the farm near Virgilina, VA.  Most of that hay was toxic KY-31 tall fescue.  This took a lot of effort, and we fertilized and pushed for a strong first cutting, which is more reliable than later cuttings due to the weather in our area.  We wouldContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: Feeding management for high nitrate hay”

Virtual Workshop for Producers March 8th

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is proud to be offering a virtual workshop from producers on March 8th. This three hour evening program will include presentations on tall fescue toxicosis and endophyte types, improving animal performance, establishment, seed quality and on-farm economics. Registration will be available soon, watch your email for more details or checkContinue reading “Virtual Workshop for Producers March 8th”

Pasture Research Illustrates Benefits of Endophytes to Grass and Animal

Introduction: Demonstrating the benefit of non-toxic endophyte-infected pasture grasses on animal performance is well documented and is equal to that of non-infected tall fescue.  However, it is more difficult to demonstrate that which the endophyte imparts on the grass.  Research conducted by the University of Georgia, in collaboration with Agrinostics Ltd. Co., is demonstrating endophyteContinue reading “Pasture Research Illustrates Benefits of Endophytes to Grass and Animal”

Triple Creek Journal: We are using a variety of hay feeding methods this year.

As winter approaches we continue to be extremely dry.  We have not had more than a few tenths of an inch of rain at a time since late September, and it was already dry then.  Our stockpiled tall fescue pastures have the least available grazing seen in recent years; less than half of normal. WeContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: We are using a variety of hay feeding methods this year.”

Bale Grazing at it’s Best

Greg Halich is an economist by trade. Halich’s day job is performed at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, but by nights and weekends he raises grass-fed beef cattle. He considers himself a slightly above average rotational grazer, mostly limited by time, but if you really want to get him excited, just ask what heContinue reading “Bale Grazing at it’s Best”