Albert Mallicoat shares his experience renovating to Texoma MaxQ II

Albert Mallicoat is our featured fescue seed producer for the fall issue of The Fence Post and like all producers you will see similarities and differences in his operation to yours. He purchased Pennington’s Texoma MaxQ II, the novel endophyte tall fescue developed by the Noble Foundation for the Central and South-Central U.S. and thisContinue reading “Albert Mallicoat shares his experience renovating to Texoma MaxQ II”

Don’t Make a Mistake-Calibrate!

Grain drill calibration is a critical, yet often ignored, part of successful forage establishment and pasture renovation. Planting lower seed rates than recommended can result in thin stands that are susceptible to weed encroachment. Planting more than the recommended seeding rate is undesirable due to increased seed costs. As drills wear, and tires and cogsContinue reading “Don’t Make a Mistake-Calibrate!”

Triple Creek Journal: Our most diverse pastures.

It has been a mixed summer with a slow start in May and June, but better grazing conditions in July.  At Virgilina we had a very dry winter and spring.  When we had rain in May and June it seemed to always be followed by high temperatures and wind, so it was not very effective. Continue reading “Triple Creek Journal: Our most diverse pastures.”

Toxic Endophyte Infection in Georgia Fescue Pastures is Severe and Widespread

Tall fescue, a year-round forage in Georgia There are more than 30 million acres of tall fescue in the United States with 1 million acres in Georgia alone, which are primarily in the north Georgia. It is a cool season perennial grass available for grazing for an extended period from early spring to fall.  Furthermore,Continue reading Toxic Endophyte Infection in Georgia Fescue Pastures is Severe and Widespread

Pasture Plant Diversity Field Day

Pasture Plant Diversity Field Day and Workshop at Beaver Creek Farm, NC was a big success! Over 100 farmers, conservationists, extension agents and others gathered at Beaver Creek Farm in Surry County, NC on July 25 to explore the topic of plant diversity as it relates to the productivity and management of pastures.  The eventContinue reading “Pasture Plant Diversity Field Day”

Novel endophyte tall fescue is a tough plant and it does not have to be babied.   

I would like to set something straight with this article. I am afraid that our emphasis on taking good care of your new stands of novel endophyte tall fescue have created the misconception that it is a weak plant that needs to be babied to survive. This is true for many alternative forage crops includingContinue reading “Novel endophyte tall fescue is a tough plant and it does not have to be babied.   “

Triple Creek Journal: What a difference rain makes

My colleague Johnny Rogers has often said “what we recommend always works so much better when it rains” and that is so true.  We often have dry spells through the year in the area where we both live and farm, and the soils are very shallow.  Everything that could be plowed was farmed hard withContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: What a difference rain makes”

The Solution to Fescue Toxicosis is Discovered at Last!

I recently got an email from a colleague asking me if I had heard of the new protein tub with a feed additive that is the ultimate solution to the problem of fescue toxicosis.  I followed up and looked at the advertising and at the research that evaluated the supplement product containing the newly discoveredContinue reading “The Solution to Fescue Toxicosis is Discovered at Last!”

Pasture renovation improves forage quality for schools horses

Horses at a Central Kentucky career and technical high school have lush paddocks to graze on this school year thanks to help from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.   Locust Trace AgriScience Center is a school in Lexington that introduces high school students in Fayette and Woodford counties to many agriculture disciplines. Equine science is one of theContinue reading “Pasture renovation improves forage quality for schools horses”