Dr. Joseph Bouton to Represent Grasslanz Technology in the US.

Grasslanz Technology is pleased to announce that Dr Joseph Bouton of Bouton Consulting Group, LLC has agreed to provide consultancy services to Grasslanz on research projects in the United States. These projects will further Grasslanz’s interests to develop technologies and products that will exploit the benefits of emerging technologies such as microbials and condensed tannins in a range of forages and row crops. In his prior positions as Professor and Forage Breeder (now Emeritus Professor) at the University of Georgia and then Senior Vice President and Director of the Forage Improvement Division at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation (now Noble Research Institute), Joe led successful collaborations with Grasslanz and AgResearch to develop and commercialise new forage cultivars and the MaxQ fungal endophyte technology.

Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour Focuses on Forages for Grass Finishing

Note: Social distancing and the use of masks will be required.  Registration is limited.

Join us for the 2020 Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour on August 6 at Palmer Farms Beef, located in Almo, KY. The Palmer’s grass finish and retail approximately 40 head of beef cattle per year. Their forage system is based on both cool- and warm-season annual and perennial forages including annual ryegrass and crabgrass, grown in rotation. Palmer Farms is owned and operated by Michael and Stacie Palmer and their three children. Tour stops and topics will include Crabgrass as forage; Annual ryegrass for grazing and silage; Producing and marketing high quality grass finished beef; Increasing productivity with summer annuals; Managing perennial pastures; Endophyte management and Fencing for controlled grazing. 

The tour will finish with a meal of GRASS finished hamburgers and hotdogs and a local bluegrass band providing entertainment. The meals will be limited to the maximum number allowed by state mandate.  To enhance social distancing, participants will walk the tour route.  Limited transportation will be provided for those unable to walk.  More details on the tour can be found here or register here.

Quote of Month “You May Delay, But Time Will Not” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Another trait essential for success is timely decision making and timely action. Once a decision has been make, timely implementation often makes a huge difference. One of the countless possible examples is that thistles sprayed with an appropriate herbicide when in the rosette state are less expensive to kill than when the plants are flowering. In fact, delayed action on decisions greatly reduce or eliminate the benefits of improvements or corrective actions. Order your copy of Forage-Livestock Quote and Concepts, vol. 2, today at https://forages.ca.uky.edu/content/forage-books.

UK Part of Multi-state, Free Grass Finished Beef Workshop

Consider joining us for a free, online workshop on Pasture-Finishing Beef, led by Greg Halich at the University of Kentucky, and Ed Rayburn at West Virginia University.  Both are extension specialists and producers of grass-finished beef.  Designed for intermediate and advanced levels, there will be three two-hour sessions on consecutive evenings.  Feel-free to join for those sessions you are most interested in.

· Pasture-finished beef production overview

· Forages and Grazing Management

· Cattle selection, supplementation and winter management

· Marketing and processing

· Producer panel

· Frame size X supplementation

· Putting it all together

This event is free, but advanced registration is required here. Find more information on the event flyer.

The Hardest Part is Just Getting Started – Rotational Stocking

Sometimes we make things too complicated!  Rotational grazing is a perfect example.  I think its important to realize that it is perfectly okay to ease into rotational grazing.  Fine tuning your grazing system will come with time.  Benefits of rotational stocking include improved pasture growth, nutrient distribution and drought tolerance as well as fewer weeds and better animal handling.  Follow Dr. Chris Teutsch and his team as they help a local farmer set up a 4 pasture rotational grazing system in 3 hours. Full article available in Cow Country News. ~ Chris Teutsch, Cow Country News

Setting up a rotational grazing on Larry and Jana Clark’s farm in Graves County system using temporary fencing.  Larry and Jana Clark, Mary Ann Ellison, Jessica Buckman, Alex Teutsch, and Carrie Tarr-Janes (left to right). 

Watch for Blister Beetles in Hay

Blister beetles are sometimes found in mid-summer cuttings of alfalfa hay and can be toxic if consumed by livestock, especially horses. As few as 5 to 10 of these beetles can be fatal to horses when ingested because of the cantharidin in their hemolymph (insect blood).      Management to minimize blister beetle problems in alfalfa:

· Cut alfalfa at 10% or less bloom

· Manage weeds in and around fields, especially pastures

· Consider cropping practices adjacent to alfalfa. Blister beetles can be abundant in soybeans but are usually absent in corn.

· Do not grow solanaceous crops near alfalfa – both black and stripped blister beetles can be abundant in tomatoes and potatoes

· Sample field margins before cutting – blister beetles usually come from field margins and do not tend to move too far beyond the edges of alfalfa fields

· Monitor pastures for grasshoppers. Several blister beetle species develop in grasshopper egg pods. A high grasshopper population can produce high blister beetle numbers the following year.

Read more about blister beetles in the June issue of KY Pest News

~ Ric Bessin, from KY Pest News. Management steps from Lee Townsend.

Deadline to Apply for USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is August 28

FSA will accept applications through August 28, 2020. Through CFAP, USDA is making available $16 billion in financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.

New customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer general assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages the team at the FSA county office at their local USDA Service Center. Click here for more information.

Forage Timely Tips: August

  • Do NOT graze cool-season pastures closer than 3 to 4 inches.  This will help to conserve soil moisture and to prevent overheating of the crowns.
  • If drought conditions limit pasture growth, close off pastures and feed hay in a sacrifice area.
  • Graze warm season annuals or perennials to allow cool season grasses to recover and to avoid endophyte-infected fescue.
  • After the first good rain in August, seed winter annuals (such as small grains, ryegrass, crimson clover, and brassicas) for late fall and early spring grazing.
  • Plant alfalfa after first good rain in August to allow sufficient size going into winter and reduce potential for sclerotinia damage.
  • Consider renovation of cool-season grass pastures that have thinned.