H. Joseph Sellers, Beef Field Specialist, Southwest Area
Southwest Iowa NRCS and Extension staff are meeting an increasing producer demand for planning forage systems, including rotational grazing, water development, and managing fescue toxicosis. Government programs such as EQIP and CSP will add value to enhanced pasture management. The large number of CRP contracts in the region that expire in 2007 suggests more client requests will be coming.
Area staff cooperated in the past to deliver educational programs and to develop and distribute new-letters to address current topics in forage management. Over several months NRCS staff worked with Sellers to plan a grazing conference to address topics of interest to staff and producers. This event was held on January 28 in Creston. In addition, staff training on fescue management was held on January 27, and news letter articles were prepared.
A wide range of topics related to forage management were presented at the conference. Ninety-five producers attended the event. Delivery included panels on custom grazing and use of riparian buffers, and University experts presented fescue management and watering system updates. Plans are to repeat this event in the future. Participant attitudes and marketing practices will be surveyed as part of a larger forage education survey planned for June 2006.
March 20, 2006
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