Grazing schools teach valuable lessons

Posted June 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

Grazing schools in Missouri conducted by University of Missouri Extension and the National Resource Conservation Service have been a huge success based on surveys and testimonials from those attending.

The two or three-day educational programs introduce attendees to a variety of soil, fertility, forage and economic considerations involved with planning grazing system.

A popular exercise is the pasture allotment session. Teams of students view a pasture and determine how much space will be needed to provide grazing for a certain number of cattle for the next 24 hours. They are provided with step-in posts, poly wire, and watering supplies.

Typically, the pasture is fescue. At the Mt. Vernon grazing school held in late April, the pasture was a novel endophyte fescue that was seeded in 2013. The test animals were five head of yearling

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    Vegetative buffers reduce herbicide runoff

    Research has shown that vegetative buffers are very good at controlling sediment and keeping it out of waterways. But what about reducing herbicides?

    “We have a major problem with that in the claypan soils in northeast Missouri,” said Bob Lerch, a soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri.

    Lerch and his ARS colleagues decided to see how well buffers reduced herbicides in soils with high runoff potential.

    In 2004, the researchers began working

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    Chapter Degree Recipients are: Ashley Brown, Justin Johnson, Mckensi Marshall, Rebeca Posey, Steven Taylor, Kylee Tomason, Chandler Allison, Colby Charles, Logan Perridon, Claire Silvers, Hesston Stark, Chandra Bettis, Shelby Barger, Karlee Collins, Jake Hillsman, Morgan Sumner. Photo submitted by FFA Historiesn Makenzie Schwalm and Jaynee Beaty