Back to Grass – Turning Marginal Cropland to Pasture For a Diverse Sustainable Operation

Darin Michalski's direction in life was influenced by his father. "Dad didn't like farming much. He was more into cattle. He always cussed some of the land we farmed. It was pretty marginal land and said that we should sow this down to grass." So when he got his first 80, that's what Darin ended up doing. It was a poor piece of ground covered in quack grass and rocks, and when all he ended up with 30 bushel of corn, his next move was to disc it up and turn it back into grass. In this 3:03 installment of "Our Amazing Grasslands," Darin and his wife Jessica talk about their passion for grasslands and raising livestock on them.  They talk about how their rotational grazing system, and how their management and the timing of their grazing has brought back native species, both grasses and forbs, even on land where they thought the native population had disappeared. "The loss of our native grasslands really impacts us on a global scale. It maybe isn't as headline news as the loss of the rain forest for example. But it's as impactful....We need to remember that this land was native grassland when we first inhabited it. That serves a huge purpose in our global ecosystem. We need to keep that in mind when we are talking about feeding the world, but also maintaining those native grasslands. They're so important." If you're inspired by what you see and you'd like a little more detail, you'll want to listen to Working Cow's podcast

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