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Grazing workshop to be held in Westmoreland

August 12, 2014
Extending the grazing season and managing for soil health will be the focus of an upcoming workshop being held in Westmoreland.

"The increasing availability of cover crop and alternative forages seed is lending itself to some different grazing opportunities on cropland and rangeland," says Myra Richardson, Range Specialist and Soil Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). "Our most efficient method of harvesting is using something with four legs, rather than 4 wheels, plus that can add to the overall productivity and health of a pasture or crop field. There are some exciting opportunities in grazing cover crops as part of an overall grazing plan."

Selecting cover crops, monitoring their growth, choosing when and how to graze them, indicators of soil health and managing for soil health will all be covered by a diverse line-up of speakers including, farmers and ranchers who have a history implementing these practices, Pottawatomie County Conservation District staff, local NRCS staff, and state NRCS staff.

The event will take place at the Sunflower Room at the Pottawatomie County Extension office beginning at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21. Lunch will be served at noon. The day will conclude early afternoon with a visit to a nearby crop field that is currently being cover cropped and grazed.

There is no charge for the event, however please RSVP by Aug. 18 to the Pottawatomie County Conservation District at (785)-457-3661 ext 3. All who are interested should plan on attending, regardless of where you farm, ranch, or live. The workshop is being sponsored by the Pottawatomie County Conservation District.


Tags: Kansas news, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland

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