Greenhorn Grazing Series Continues in Southwest Iowa



GREENFIELD, Iowa ― The 2012 Greenhorn Grazing series offered in the Greenfield area has three segments remaining. Organizer Joe Sellers said that while these individual classes will build on the sessions held earlier this summer, the topics also will be of interest to new participants.

Sessions are set for Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15 starting at 10 a.m. each date. All will begin at the Adair County Extension office, 154 Public Square, Suite C, in Greenfield, and conclude with a pasture tour at an area farm. Fee is $20 per person for each session including lunch.

Sellers, who is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, said the August session features presentations on fencing and watering technologies, fence laws, and forage quality including harvesting drought corn silage and green chop. A pasture walk at the Doug Steele farm near Anita will include display and demonstration of electric fencing and watering options.

“The September session will provide information on a wide variety of areas,” Sellers said. “Topics include pasture leasing, planning for stockpiled grazing, mineral supplementation, winter feed planning, and a weed and brush control demo at the Everett Shepherd Farm.”

The final session on Nov. 15 will cover stockpiled grazing, cornstalk grazing and winter feeding strategies including drought corn silage.

The Greenhorn Grazing Series is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 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 the Adair County office at 641-743-8412 or by email at sellers@iastate.edu, or NRCS Grasslands Specialist Rick Sprague by phone at 712-542-8765 or by email at richard.sprague@ia.usda.gov.

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