AMES, Iowa — Pasture walks provide real-time looks at plant growth, weed control and water management tools, all of which are important to beef operations using pasture grazing.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark has organized two of these walks, one each in Story and Monroe counties, and said they’re for anyone interested in learning more about pasture management, pasture watering systems and cattle grazing.
Both are open to the public at no cost, although preregistration is encouraged to assist with planning.
The Story County pasture walk is set for June 29 at the Whitaker Ranch, 26466 Sandhill Trail, Ames. It begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to last at least an hour. Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will talk about agronomic aspects of forage production such as soil fertility and weed control. Clark will share info on grazing systems and pasture management.
“I am excited for the opportunity to do some face to face programming and, of course, I’m thankful to our hosts for allowing us to visit their pasture,” he said. “This is an interesting site in terms of soil type and overall environment so I anticipate some really good discussion.”
Register for the Story County location by June 25 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Story County office at 515-337-1601.
The Monroe County pasture walk will be held July 8 at Sue Henderson’s farm northwest of the Georgetown St. Patrick’s Church, just off of 170th St., from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Clark will discuss grazing systems and pasture management and Iowa State extension ag engineer Kristina TeBockhorst will discuss pasture watering systems. A third extension specialist also might be in attendance.
“We are in the process of hiring a new extension agronomist for south central Iowa and hopefully she will be in attendance to meet area producers and offer comments about agronomic aspects of forage production,” Clark said.
Register for the Monroe County location by July 5 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Monroe County office at 641-932-5612. There are no restroom facilities at this farm, so plan accordingly.
For more information, contact Clark at 712-250-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
— ISU Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources
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