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Native Warm-Season Grass Pasture Walk in Polk County Set for July 22

“Native warm-season grasses can be an important forage as cattle operations move to the summer months,” says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist.

MU Extension is collaborating with MU/Missouri Department of Conservation Native Grass Group, the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, MFA and Kevin Welsh Farm to provide a free Native Warm Season Grass Pasture Walk on July 22 at Kevin Welsh Farm, 4640 Highway 123, Fair Play, Mo., beginning at 5 p.m.

Development of knowledge and skills in areas of establishment and grazing management of native warm-season grasses may be beneficial to cattle operation productivity and profitability, Davis says.

“This workshop will discuss establishment and cattle grazing management of native warm season grasses,” says Davis. The discussion will include a panel of speakers: Kevin Welsh, farmer/landowner; Terry Halleran, MU Extension agronomy field specialist; and Landry Jones, MFA natural resources grazing conservation specialist. Topics include:

  • Native warm-season grass establishment.
  • Cattle grazing management of native warm-season grasses.
  • Drill management and calibration.

Kevin Welsh will lead a tour of his farm’s native warm-season grass plantings and discuss their use in his fall-calving cow-calf operation.

“The workshop is free to the public and a meal will be provided,” says Davis. This event is being provided free to the public with help from the MU/MDC Native Grass Group.

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