Pasture management through fertilization and weed control proves to be economical when trying to produce forage.
I know the cost of fertilizer continues to be an issue, but without proper nutrition and management, forage production and hay yields will continue to go down. This, coupled with the long-range forecast of little rain, increases the need for effective and affordable weed control. Managing weeds maximizes grass yield and quality, which ultimately leads to more cattle weight gain per acre.
The Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Livestock and Forage Committee will host a pasture management workshop Wednesday, April 2, at the Boyd Community Center. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., and the program is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $15 for pre-registration and $20 at the door. Participants with a pesticide applicator license will receive two hours of general continuing education units. The meeting will include lunch, sponsored by Boyd Feed Store and DOW Chemical.
The workshop will cover pasture and rangeland health and weed management in pastures. Speakers will be Dr. Larry Redmon, professor and state Extension forage specialist; and Dr. Todd Baughman, program support leader at Oklahoma State University, Institute for Agricultural Biosciences.
For more information about the workshop or to pre-register, call the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341.
Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.