CHARITON, Iowa — The 2011 Greenhorn Grazing series offered in the Corning area has three segments remaining. Organizer Joe Sellers said that while these individual classes will build on the sessions held in May and June, the topics also will be of interest to new participants. Sessions are set for Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Nov. 15 starting at 10 a.m. each date. Fee is $15 per person for each session including lunch.
Sellers, who is an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center (IBC), said the August session features presentations on fencing and watering technologies, mineral supplementation and forage quality. A pasture walk will include display and demonstration of electric fencing and watering options.
“The September session will provide information on a wide variety of areas and a local grazing systems tour,” Sellers said. “Topics include fence laws, pasture leasing, planning for stockpiled grazing, grassland management for wildlife habitat, and weed and brush control.”
Both of these sessions begin at St Patrick’s Catholic Church Hall, 607 6th St., in Corning, and conclude with a pasture tour.
The final session on Nov. 15 will cover stockpiled grazing, cornstalk grazing and winter feeding strategies, and will be held at the Jim and Ann Werner farm near Diagonal, Sellers said.
The Greenhorn Grazing Series is sponsored by ISU Extension, IBC, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee. For more information about these southwest Iowa Greenhorn Grazing sessions, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or NRCS Grasslands Specialist Rick Sprague by phone at 712-542-8765 or by email at email@example.com.