Pasture Preparation and Renovation Meetings Scheduled for March

Learn how to improve your pasture following the drought conditions of 2023

March 7, 2024, 11:24 am | Chris Clark, Sherry Hoyer

AMES, Iowa – Have drought conditions and overgrazing left your pastures in rough shape? Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark at one of two in-person workshops, or join Clark and other specialists in a webinar to discuss the topic.

Each session will focus on strategies to meet your herd’s nutritional needs and optimize pasture productivity in the current growing season. All events are in March and are free to attend, with registration requested.

Beef cattle on pasture.After another year of dry growing conditions, many central Iowa pastures are likely somewhat stressed and overgrazed. Although there is only so much that can be done, it is important to be thoughtful and proactive in terms of pasture management, to get as much as possible from grazing acres.

With this in mind, the Iowa Beef Center team has prepared some thoughts about strategies that might be helpful this summer.

"Thoughtful pasture management is really important for profitability and productivity. And it becomes even more critical during prolonged drought," he said. "We will discuss several strategies to help with preparation and renovation of pastures for this growing season.”

Potential topics of discussion include delaying pasture turnout, fertilization, weed control, rotational grazing and incorporation of summer annuals.

Pasture meetings

  • March 12, 1-2:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Marshall County office, 2608 S 2nd St., Marshalltown. RSVP to Chelsea Llewellyn by email at chelsea@iastate.edu or call 641-752-1551 or text 515-344-3756.
  • March 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clarke County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 2070 W. Mclane St. Osceola. RSVP to Carolyn White by email at white2@iastate.edu or call 641-342-3316.
  • March 27, from noon to approximately 1 p.m. via webinar. Use the following link to register: https://go.iastate.edu/TFXGFI. This webinar will feature three speakers. Chris Clark will set the stage and discuss some basics about pasture conditions and nutritional needs of lactating cows. Clarabell Probasco, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss interseeding, pasture renovation, weed control and soil fertility. Shelby Gruss, extension forage specialist, will discuss using summer annuals as alternative/supplemental forage crops.

All beef producers and landowners are encouraged to attend. See the program series flyer for details. For more information, contact Clark at 712-250-0070.

Shareable photo: Beef cattle on pasture.

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