Runaway Grass – What Can You Do?

I can’t believe how much forage growth we have already had this year in Indiana.  It seems early, but it is only about ten or twelve percent ahead of last year now.  I’ve already heard from a fe

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2 thoughts on “Runaway Grass – What Can You Do?

  1. G’day Kathy/Rachel,it seems to me down here that farmers in the US only seem to have spring growth to rely on for both stock growth and winter feed(please correct me if I am wrong).Perhaps we are lucky in our district in that we only get isolated snow falls and so by protecting our “cool season sps” over summer and when the season changes they spring back to life and provide feed over winter in our woodland grazing areas.The same apply’s in winter if you avoid damage to your warm season sps they will “come away” in late spring and provide feed over summer.We endevour to set aside at least 10% of our grazing each spring to run its course and if the weather permits,do not graze it until the following Fall.The 10% is rotated each year and it maintains /improves plant diversity over time due to the transference of seed carried by wind, water and bird/animal life.The problem with the 4 inch rule is that summer heat impacts the cool season crowns(assuming your pasture is perennial based)and so would impact the fall growth before the first snows.My question is,”are most of your grazing pastures re-sown each on farms (except for the rented open range lands)”?How important is the availability of irrigation water in summer to maintain pasture growth?We have friends in WY ,who if they do not get summer water via irrigation their place looks like a desert.As a sheep farmer (retired,but still active on the farm)it seems to me there is not many articles on the sheep industry in On Pasture,but then I guess its a pretty small segment over there…Frank.

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