The Strength to Change

Working the land makes agricultural producers farm strong, but pivoting to new, unfamiliar practices takes a different kind of strength. The strength to change. There is gym strong and then there is farm strong. Gym strong looks good. Weights, trainers, protein drinks and persistence sculpt a magazine-ready physique. There’s nothing wrong with gym strong. FarmContinue reading “The Strength to Change”

Hay could be in short supply next winter

Have you started thinking about next winter’s hay supply? The question seems ludicrous given that we are in the beginning of the hay making season. But is it? Kenny Burdine doesn’t think so. The extension agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky says it’s never too early to plan for winter hay needs, especially thisContinue reading “Hay could be in short supply next winter”

Triple Creek Journal: May should be our best month!

May should be the best month for a grazier in our region.  You never know about April; where we are on the NC/VA border, April often “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” just as the saying goes.  We usually can enjoy turning out by April 15.  The first couple ofContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: May should be our best month!”

From Villain to Superhero: A Crabgrass Story

As temperatures begin to warm up across the state, our warm season pastures are beginning to green up and many are in the process of determining what forages will be utilized for the next few months.  The pastures throughout Georgia are dominated by warm season perennial forages bermudagrass or bahiagrass, that are relied on heavilyContinue reading “From Villain to Superhero: A Crabgrass Story”

Just how ‘hot’ is tall fescue?

It is expected that the vast majority of tall fescue in Georgia and other places in the U.S. is infected by the toxic endophyte, but there is a lack of clear and precise information about the nature and extent of endophyte infection in the tall fescue stands. To address this lack of information, we conductedContinue reading “Just how ‘hot’ is tall fescue?”

Novel Endophyte Fescue Conversion begins in the spring

Kentucky 31 (K31) tall fescue is without question the dominant forage species and cultivar in Missouri and it is for good reason. E.N. Fergus, forage specialist from the University of Kentucky in the 1930s and 1940s, did a great favor for the livestock industry, when he propagated K31 fescue. Fescue in general is palatable withContinue reading “Novel Endophyte Fescue Conversion begins in the spring”

Evaluating costs and benefits of renovating endophyte-infected pastures

Nearly 98% of Missouri’s pastureland is tall fescue infected with an endophyte that can cause fescue toxicosis in grazing livestock. Fescue toxicosis lowers reproduction rates, milk production, gain and weaning weights. It also causes health problems, including lameness and heat stress. By replacing toxic fescue with other forages, producers eliminate animal exposure to the harmfulContinue reading “Evaluating costs and benefits of renovating endophyte-infected pastures”

Triple Creek Journal: Our worst year for winter annuals ever!

In 2013 we killed about 25 acres of our Kentucky 31-based pastures and started using annuals to upgrade our forage program, with future conversion to Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue in mind.  We really liked the winter and summer annuals for our young growing stock, and for the pasture-based beef program that was developing at thatContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: Our worst year for winter annuals ever!”

Last chance to register for in persons spring workshops

Spaces remain for both the Tennessee and Maryland Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshops on March 23 and 30th, respectively. Program includes experts from around the country, educational materials, hands on demonstrations and lunch! For more info or to register, visit our workshop page here: https://grasslandrenewal.org/workshops/