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Grasses and Grazing

Learn about pasture management, stocking rates and grass production from beef and dairy specialists and agronomists around the country.

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One of the most common questions coming into a state extension office is “Which variety should I plant?” Over the years, that question has often been about alfalfa. This is true even in Missouri, where 90 percent of the hay is tall fescue clipped from pastures.

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Native warm-season grasses (NWSG) are perennial, clump-forming grasses considered to be dual-purpose species.

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In the May issue of Progressive Forage, an article titled “Summer conversion of toxic tall fescue” was published. The online version of that article prompted follow-up comments from readers. This article will address those comments.

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Most perennial pasture forage produces dry matter during warm periods when there is ample rainfall. Warm-season plants cease replacement of utilized top-growth after the first killing frost.

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The recipe for successful grazing of stockpiled forages starts months before you turn in the livestock.

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At the American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, this past January, I was asked to summarize and present the scientific literature on mob grazing. This article provides a distilled version of that research summary.

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