Use Good Stop Grazing Heights For Animal and Soil Health and More Spring Forage

It is late September as I write this, and so far this month I’ve had a total of two-fifths of an inch of rain up until today. Some oats and turnips I planted over three weeks ago have barely broke ground. They won’t provide much grazing at this rate. Sadly, there are areas of Indiana that are in even worse shape moisture wise, especially parts of the northeast. That area has suffered from lack of sufficient rainfall most of the summer and those areas with gravelly outwash subsoils and sandy loam topsoil have suffered the worst. If you have been diligent about maintaining cover and not overgrazing this summer then at least you're doing everything you possibly can do to conserve moisture. I grazed a couple fields just a bit closer than I should have in advance of this dry late summer/early fall period. It was supposed to rain! It didn’t. Fields with closer to six inches of residual left behind bounced back better. I have to remind myself that the next drought period could be only two weeks away and to keep a game plan ready to reduce the negative impact if it occurs. What could have we have done differently? Sometimes nothing, but for future ruminations here are a few options. Maintain Soil Cover With Good Stop Grazing Heights You don’t want to see any bare ground and you want a good dense stand of fora

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One thought on “Use Good Stop Grazing Heights For Animal and Soil Health and More Spring Forage

  1. Hello Victor.
    I really enjoy your articles. I have a question.

    Often times as I rotate cattle it seems that no matter how quick I do it, I am unable to leave 6”. They will go for the clover and blue grass and eat it down very low. Any advise on what to do differently?

    Thank you very much.

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