Upcoming Events

Oct. 30 – KY Grazing Conference West, Hopkinsville, KY

Nov. 1 – KY Grazing Conference East, Winchester, KY

Dec. 4 – KFB Forage and Beef Sessions, Louisville, KY.

Jan. 6-8 – AFGC Conference, St. Louis, MO

Jan. 22-23 – Heart of America Grazing Conf., IN

Feb. 21 – KY Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conf., Lexington, KY


KFGC Field Day at Morehead State Farm Sept. 6th

Join the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council at the Morehead State University farm September 6th. Registration and exhibits open at 4:30, with the program, farm field tour, and meal at 5:15-8:00. Topics and speakers include: 1) Stockpiling tall fescue – Joe Fraley and Chris Teutsch 2) New approaches to alleviate tall fescue toxicosis – Patricia Harrelson and Ray Smith, 3) Making baleage work for your farm – Phil Prater and Jimmy Henning, 4) Dealing with high traffic areas in livestock operations – Steve Higgins and Brent Rogers.Daviess

Dinner will be provided by the MSA FFA through our sponsors: Hinton Mills, Southern States, John Deere Equipment, Rose Farm Supply, Conklin Products, KFGC and Morehead State University.  Pre-register for this free event here or by calling 606-784-5457.

Address: 25 MSU Farm Road, Morehead, KY.


Featured Publication: Forage Establishment

Successful livestock production depends on high quality, high yielding forages.  Establishment of a good stand is a first and important step in a successful forage program. Several steps that are of vital importance for establishment and maintenance include:

a1) Match plant to soils and to intended use

2) Select high quality seed of an adapted variety

3) Supply proper fertility

4) Prepare seedbed and inoculate legume seed

5) Use proven seeding methods

6) Seed at the right time with the correct amount of seed

Find the full publication on our UK Forage website or from your local county extension office. Horse owners, please see Establishing Horse Pastures.


Forage Timely Tips: September

  • Take soil samples and apply fertilizers as needed.
  • Plant perennial cool season grasses at optimal rate, date, and depth.
  • Harvest hay as needed.
  • Harvest alfalfa by mid-September.
  • Continue harvest of corn silage.
  • Identify weeds and select the appropriate herbicide for the desired control.

Horse Farm Sees Success from Pasture Renovations

A Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farm is reaping the benefits of healthier mares and foals due to pasture renovations they made over the past year with guidance from UK Pasture Evaluation Program. In 2017, Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington experienced significant foaling problems. To Marc Richardson, the farm manager, they appeared to be classic symptoms of fescue toxicity. These issues including multiple foalings that required veterinarians to come out and mares that did not have any milk production.”

Under the advisement of the farm’s veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown, Richardson contacted UK forage extension specialist Dr. Jimmy Henning and Krista Lea, program coordinator for UK’s Horse Pasture Evaluation Program. They took forage samples from pastures frequented by pregnant mares. The samples were analyzed, and the results confirmed that the tall fescue in some of the farm’s pastures had high ergovaline levels. Ergovaline is a toxin produced by endophyte-infected tall fescue that affects pregnant broodmares.

The recommendations included completely killing off two fields with the highest ergovaline levels and reseeding them with bluegrass, orchardgrass and a little perennial ryegrass. This meant taking those two fields out of production for almost a year. They removed fescue from other fields using the herbicide Plateau.

The improvements this year were immediate according to Richardson. “This year, we lost no mares or foals. The pasture renovations are what turned our foaling season around.” Richardson said the farm plans to renovate one field each year until they remove fescue from all the fields through which pregnant mares rotate.

Horse farm owners and managers who are interested in learning more about pasture evaluation should start with their county extension agent for basic recommendations and help in taking soil samples. They can get more detailed recommendations and samplings through UK’s Horse Pasture Evaluation Program.

See the full article and video here.


New Endophyte Tall Fescue Marketers in KY

Many of you are considering establishing one of the new novel endophyte tall fescue varieties, but may not know where to buy seed. We have compiled a list of dealers in and around Kentucky that carry novel tall fescue varieties. Go to the UK Forage Variety Link on our website for information on yield and adaptation of each variety.

Barenbrug: BarOptima Plus E34

Byron’s Seed (Rockville, IN, 765-569-3555)

Caudill Seed Co. (Louisville, 502-583-4402)

Cisco Seeds (Indianapolis, IN, 800-888-2986)

Ramer Seed Supply (Sharon Grove, 270-277-7107)

DLF: Martin 2 Protek and Tower Protek

Bryon Seeds (270-202-9346)

Mountain View Seeds: Estancia w/ ArkShield

Turner Seed (Winchester, 859-737-1234, or Antioch, TN, 615-641-7333)

Lewis Seed Company (502-587-1241)

The Cisco Companies (317-357-7013)

Pennington: Jesup MaxQII and Texoma MaxQII

Allen county Farmers Service (Scottsville)

Clements Ag (Springfield)

Drakes Farm Service (Morgantown)

Nutrien Ag (Hodgenville, Ekron, Lebanon, Horse Cave)

Pro Ag (Danville)

Ramer Seed (Sharon Grove)

Southern States (Russellville, Owenton, Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Winchester, Fleminsburg, Maysville, Bowling Green, Glasgo)

Versailles Farm and Garden (Versailles)

Warner Fertilizer (Albany, Nancy, Somerset, East Bernstadt, Tompkinsville)

Woodford Feed (Versailles)

Wyatt Seed (Petersburg, IN)



Quote of the Month: A Penny Saved is Better Than a Penny Earned

Quote of the Month: A Penny Saved is Better Than a Penny Earned.

Benjamin Franklin said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” His point was

quotes book

that money is money regardless of whether is was earned or saved. You can spent it, hide it, invest it or give it away. However, today, a more accurate statement would be, “a penny saved is better than a penny earned.” The reason is that we usually pay little or no tax on money saved, but we do pay taxes on money earned. This concept isn’t limited to forage-livestock producers, but certainly applies to most of them. Minimizing expenses is a key to having an economically sustainable operation. To purchase a Livestock Quotes and Concepts Book, contact us at ukforageextension@uky.edu.