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When is My Grass Going to Grow?!

By   /  May 19, 2014  /  2 Comments

Is your spring late or early? Does it seem like some forages aren’t springing up like you wish they would? Victor Shelton shares some background on “Growing Degree Days” and their impact on photosynthesis and plant growth.

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For more than 25 years, Victor Shelton, Indiana agronomist and grazing specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has provided advice about grazing’s best practices. He travels across the state conducting pasture walks, working one on one with farmers and participating in grazing talks. He also writes a newsletter called "Grazing Bites" as a way to talk about current and seasonal grazing issues and what farmers need to be prepared for.


  1. Victor Shelton says:

    Thanks. Forages have leaped forward the last two weeks since I wrote that article, but still not normal yet. Seeing quite a bit lacking normal growth yet pushing reproductive stages already…this is typically brought on by stress. Yes, the cows know best when it comes to nutrients.

  2. bill elkins says:

    Good post. We’re in same boat (I mean our grass is) here in SE PA,. AND OUR CATTLE ARE VERY NOTABLY GOING BANANAS WITH THE HIGH MAG selection in FREE CHOICE MINERAL cafeteria sold by Mark Bader .

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