HOUSTON, Mo. — Knowing what plants are in pastures is an important part of being successful for people that graze cattle, sheep, horses or goats. This also applies to hay fields.
“You can’t manage what you don’t know and the correct identification of pasture and forage plants is important to success,” said Eric Meusch, agriculture educator for University of Missouri Extension.
This is why the Texas County Extension Council is offering a “Pasture Plant Identification Class” taught by Terry Halleran, MU Extension field specialist in agronomy. The class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 3 and 18 at the Texas County Extension conference room, 114 W. Main St. Houston.
There is a $20 per person cost for the program (second person from family or same farming operation can attend for free). To register for the classes, or for more details, contact the Texas County Extension office at 417-967-4545 or visit the office in person.
Class attendees will learn to identify the types of forages they are using, what toxic plants appear in pastures, and how identification can help with control measures such as spraying. This will include how grassland plants are classified, how location and soil type affects where plants grow, plant identification, how to determine grassland composition and more.
University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians to improve lives, communities and economies by providing relevant, responsive and reliable educational solutions. MU Extension programs are open to all. More information on this topic is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu.
— Eric Meusch, University of Missouri Extension
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