Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Made Simple

Animal performance problems related to toxic tall fescue are well documented, and there are many things that you can do to help with the problem.  Changes in nutrition, fertilization and animal genetics all may benefit animals suffering from eating fescue toxins, but nothing works like growing forage without toxins.  There are many “systems” for replacingContinue reading “Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Made Simple”

How You Manage Your Pastures Might be Important for You and Your Country!

Quite likely, we’ve all given thought to how we might manage our land in the best manner to be as productive as possible, while helping to protect the environment from harmful chemicals and to limit nutrient loss to adjacent streams.  But have you considered that how you manage your land might be equally important inContinue reading “How You Manage Your Pastures Might be Important for You and Your Country!”

Adaptive Grazing Management Provides Multiple Benefits

Concepts about grazing management continue to evolve, but the fundamental principal of short grazing bouts followed by relatively long rest periods doesn’t change.  Managed rotational grazing in some form goes back to the domestication of livestock.  The rotational grazing system may be implemented in various ways, ranging from movement through many permanent paddocks, to herdingContinue reading “Adaptive Grazing Management Provides Multiple Benefits”

Alliance Hosts Successful Workshops in 2021

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal hosted three Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshops in 2021. The first was virtual, and welcomed 120 producers, extension agents and veterinarians for a three night program in late February. In March, traditional one day workshops were held in Mt. Vernon, MO and Lexington, KY and welcomed 16 and 20 attendees,Continue reading “Alliance Hosts Successful Workshops in 2021”

Learn to Allocate Pasture in Square Paces

How many square feet in an acre?  Most of you can answer 43,560.  Now, how many square yards in an acre?  This is not usually common knowledge, but it is 4840.  Why is that important?  Read on to find out. The most critical aspect of adaptive grazing management is to target short grazing bouts atContinue reading “Learn to Allocate Pasture in Square Paces”

Last chance to register for Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshops

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal has two final workshops for 2021 coming up: March 23 in Mt. Vernon, MO and March 25 in Lexington, KY. Both events will be in-person, full day workshops focused on understanding tall fescue toxicosis, and establishing and managing novel tall fescue varieties. Spaces are limited, cost to attend is $65,Continue reading “Last chance to register for Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshops”

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”