Control Efforts for Poison Hemlock and Buttercups Begin in Late Winter

Late winter is one of the best times of the year to assess fields and fencerows for presence of cool-season weeds. Further, the preferred time to implement control tactics can often be in March as daytime air temperatures begin to rise and are maintained above 55F. This is when cool-season weeds are younger and beginContinue reading “Control Efforts for Poison Hemlock and Buttercups Begin in Late Winter”

Multi-generational Farm Family Adds Novel Fescues to Their Operation

Gene and Glenda Fay Brown have been married for 61 years and live on their Century Farm in Cedar County, Missouri. After high school graduation, Gene purchased his first 100 acres of land and needed to pay for it. He took off for Kansas City and a job at the Firestone Tire Rubber Plant, roomingContinue reading “Multi-generational Farm Family Adds Novel Fescues to Their Operation”

Fertilizer Nitrogen Sources for Forage Production

As the 2021 forage production season approaches, nitrogen (N) management will be a key component of soil fertility programs for pastures and hayfields. The objective of this article is to provide an update on the fertilizer N sources that can be used to increase both yield and forage quality and inhibitors/stabilizers that can be usedContinue reading “Fertilizer Nitrogen Sources for Forage Production”

How Keeping in Touch can Bear Fruit

This success story highlights how keeping in touch with folks you meet throughout life can be beneficial to you and many others. * Disclaimer: I am not suggesting you develop relationships solely for future benefit, rather I am highlighting that genuine relationships built over time with individuals is usually beneficial to both parties. My nameContinue reading “How Keeping in Touch can Bear Fruit”

Register today for Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshops

The 2021 Virtual Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop is just one week away, beginning on February 23rd at 6pm (eastern) and will continue on February 24th and 25th in the evenings. This three night program is an adaption of the one day in-person events and will cover all of the same topics. Cost is justContinue reading “Register today for Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshops”

Promoting Novel Fescues with On-Farm Demos and “Sticky Messages”

Toxic, endophyte infected tall fescue acreage is extensive and presents the classic dilemma for producers:  animal health and performance vs. pasture persistence.  One of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal’s incentive programs is “to assist farmers in the costly but beneficial transition from toxic to novel tall fescue”. Novel fescue varieties have been available for 20Continue reading “Promoting Novel Fescues with On-Farm Demos and “Sticky Messages””

Stockpiled tall fescue and whole cottonseed go together well

The first supplementation study we did with stockpiled tall fescue has now been almost 25 years ago, but that work continues to impact how I manage on our home farm.  We developed Angus cross heifers on stockpiled Kentucky-31 tall fescue with or without a supplement of 2 lbs of whole cottonseed.  We had earlier doneContinue reading “Stockpiled tall fescue and whole cottonseed go together well”

February is the ideal time to frost-seed with clover in much of the tall fescue belt.

Clover is often a valuable component of tall fescue-based pasture systems.  Both white and red clovers have great value.  Each fix nitrogen for the system, and improve forage crude protein and energy. These attributes improve livestock performance whether you are grazing toxic KY-31 or Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue.  Additionally, red clover provides isoflavones which areContinue reading “February is the ideal time to frost-seed with clover in much of the tall fescue belt.”

Registration now open for all 2021 workshops

Registration for two in-person workshops is now open. The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is hosting in-person workshops in Mt. Vernon, MO on March 23 and Lexington, KY on March 25 in addition to the three-night virtual workshop on February 23-25. A previously scheduled workshop in Georgia has been canceled. All three workshops will include discussionsContinue reading “Registration now open for all 2021 workshops”

A Holistic Approach to Understanding Fescue Toxicosis: A Path to Drug Therapy?

Undoubtedly, if you have followed fescue toxicosis research developments you have seen the term “ergovaline” prominently in the publications as to the toxin causing fescue toxicosis.  Ergovaline is a chemical that belongs to a specific group of toxins called “ergot alkaloids”.  A research team from the University of Georgia (UGA), Emory University, and the UniversityContinue reading “A Holistic Approach to Understanding Fescue Toxicosis: A Path to Drug Therapy?”