An Update On Forages, Cover Crops, Beef Feeding Efficiency

An Update On Forages, Cover Crops, Beef Feeding Efficiency

Those topics and more will be covered at ISU's McNay research farm field day Sept. 18 at Chariton.

If you are a cattle producer or a farmer in southern Iowa, mark these two field days on your calendar. Iowa State University's McNay Research and Demonstration Farm field day is set for September 18. And the next session of ISU Extension's Certified Grazier program is set for September 10 in Winterset. 

LEARNING ABOUT GRAZING: Grazing and forage related topics for cattle producers will be on the agenda at the McNay Research farm field day September 18. Grazing topics are also the focus of the Certified Grazier series being sponsored by ISU Extension.

The McNay Farm Field Day will be held September 18 at the research farm southwest of Chariton. It's located at 45249 170th Avenue. Program starts at 4:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed and research projects to be viewed are: Alfalfa variety plots, cover crop demonstration, ISU beef research update, feed efficiency project, mineral nutrition for cows, a grazing project update, and a fescue pasture renovation (spray/smother/spray demo).

Speakers will be Mark Carlton, ISU Extension field crop specialist; Joe Sellers, ISU Extension livestock specialist; Justin Bisinger, David Otte, Dr. Olivia Genther and Jason Russell. Dinner at the farm after the program will be prepared by Lucas County Cattlemen's Association. For more information contact Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 or [email protected] or call the McNay Farm at 641-766-6465.

September 10 is next session for Certified Grazier series
The Certified Grazier series, put on by ISU Extension, will hold its next workshop September 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison County Extension office. The topics to be discussed are weed and brush management for pastures, along with soil fertility. The workshops this year are covering: vegetative management; animal management; conservation planning on grasslands; pasture condition assessment; economics of forage and grassland management; grassland soil management; soil quality; erosion control; and soil fertility management.

Is the Certified Grazier program only for producers? No, says Sellers. "Our program was created for producers as well as for those who would like to become American Forage and Grassland Council Certified Forage and Grasslands Professionals or NRCS Technical Service Providers. TSPs are an important asset to producers who want to apply conservation practices on their land. In completing the Certified Grazier course, participants will be able to meet the first step in getting TSP certification."

For more information about the Certified Grazier program, visit the Iowa Beef Center website.

ISU Extension held a Jim Gerrish grazing session earlier this summer. Sellers says, "The Gerrish series went well, with over 330 folks attending one or more event. We are planning to post handouts and YouTube videos of the meetings and pasture walks to the Beef Center website throughout the fall."

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