Five Steps to Better Forage

There are many factors that influence successful forage production and many changes we can make in our own forage programs towards improvement.  Below are five key steps that, if we as producers keep as the focus of our forage programs, will get us on the right path to improved forage systems. Step 1: TEST! AsContinue reading “Five Steps to Better Forage”

Comparison of Novel Endophtye Tall Fescue Varieties is Now Available

Tall Fescue planting season is upon us and we have had questions about which is the best Novel Endophtye Tall Fescue to plant.  We have posted an article on the Alliance for Grassland Renewal that compares the commercially available varieties of Novel Endophyte Tall Fescues, along with KY-31 and a popular Endophyte-Free variety.  The originContinue reading “Comparison of Novel Endophtye Tall Fescue Varieties is Now Available”

Triple Creek Journal: My Water Buddy.

I have worked around livestock all my life.  When I was a kid, my chores were all at the barn and included keeping our milk goats, horses, mules, and donkeys fed and watered.  There was some complaining from all my sisters over my assignment being all outdoors while theirs all involved housework.  As we gotContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: My Water Buddy.”

The Case for Hay Testing

One of my favorite activities as an Extension specialist is helping beef cattle producers put together nutritionally sound, cost-effective winter-feeding programs for cows and backgrounding calves.  Here in central Missouri, that almost always includes some level of hay feeding for part of the year. Yet one of my biggest frustrations comes when asking a producerContinue reading “The Case for Hay Testing”

Time to stockpile forages for late autumn and winter grazing

It is time to start stockpiling late summer and early autumn growth of forages for grazing in the late autumn and winter.  The practice of allowing forage to accumulate rather than grazing it or making it into hay has great potential to extend the grazing season and reduce winter feeding costs.  Once other pastures areContinue reading “Time to stockpile forages for late autumn and winter grazing”

Fall Armyworm Moth Numbers Increasing

Fall armyworm (FAW) is a migratory pest that re-infests Kentucky each summer and is killed by frost in the fall. It often shows up later in the season after corn has tassled and lost its attractiveness to this pest. But it has been a recurring pest of pastures, and there have been several outbreaks inContinue reading “Fall Armyworm Moth Numbers Increasing”

Symposium at 8th National GLC Conference Announced: “Renovate to Regenerate: Establishing ecologically beneficial cool-season perennial mixtures in the tall fescue belt”.

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is excited to invite you to participate in a symposium at the 8th National GLC conference, December 6-9, 2021 in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The focus of the symposium is how to use regenerative grazing principles to develop highly productive perennial pastures for the tall fescue belt.  There is great interestContinue reading “Symposium at 8th National GLC Conference Announced: “Renovate to Regenerate: Establishing ecologically beneficial cool-season perennial mixtures in the tall fescue belt”.”

Triple Creek Journal: Weaning on pasture.

We have weaned our calves since I was a little kid and we started improving our cows.  In our area of southern Virginia, tobacco has dominated farm activity, so most of the calves from our neighbors have been weaned on the trailer on the way to the stockyard.  Many of the problems with animal health inContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: Weaning on pasture.”

Drought Affects Seed Size and Your Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue Renovation Practices

The impact of the drought and heat conditions on seed production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley was outlined in a report written by Drew Denman on July 15.  Drew pointed out that seed production in 2021 will be reduced by 40-50% as a result of the climatic conditions.  Reduced seed yield raises concerns beyond the availabilityContinue reading “Drought Affects Seed Size and Your Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue Renovation Practices”

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Conditions to impact fall seed availability

Affectionately known as the “The Valley”, Willamette Valley is a fertile growing region, where most of the forage type grass seed is produced in the US. Acreage is highly sought after, and every acre counts in the final production yield for all companies that have ownership in the Valley. This year, several challenges are mountingContinue reading “Oregon’s Willamette Valley Conditions to impact fall seed availability”