Focusing on Forages: A Summer Grazing Series

Adair and Guthrie counties to host four forage and grazing sessions

June 2, 2021, 1:13 pm | Erika Lundy-Woolfolk

GREENFIELD, Iowa ­— Lingering drought-stricken pastures and high grain markets have limited forage productivity and land access for many southwest and west central Iowa cattle producers. To help improve forage and grazing capacity, a new summer grazing series has been developed for the area.

Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the series will offer information and resources for producers to improve management practices and capitalize on alternative forage resources to extend the grazing season.

Cattle grazing pasture."This four-part series will be held on a different farm each night throughout the season to feature unique grazing systems and allow participants to learn from each other," Lundy-Woolfolk said. "Sessions will touch on a variety of topics including watering and grazing comparisons, grazing CRP acres, pasture lease and custom care arrangements."

Each session will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a free meal offered at 6 p.m. The meals are provided by the Adair County and Guthrie County Cattlemen, and session attendance is free thanks to sponsorship from ISU Extension and Outreach, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee and the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council.

Session dates and locations follow.

  • June 14: Dave Deardorff farm, Wichita.
  • July 14: ISU Neely-Kinyon Research Farm, Greenfield.
  • Aug. 11: Deha Miller/Warren Gilman farm, Menlo.
  • September date to be determined: Shepherd Charolais, Stuart.

See the series flyer for more details on session-specific content.

Participants can choose to attend individual sessions or all four. To register, call the ISU Extension and Outreach Adair County office at 641-743-8412 or the Guthrie County office at 641-747-2276. Or, register online at Farm addresses will be given after participants have registered. For more information, email Lundy-Woolfolk at

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit them online.

Shareable photo: Beef cattle grazing.

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