Free wildlife native grass workshop in Patton, Mo. Aug. 3

Experts will explain how quality soils are at the foundations of native warm-season grass pastures.
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Source: Missouri Department of Conservation

PATTON, Mo. (KBSI) – Cattle producers can learn about wildlife native grass habitat benefits and how pastures provide grazing benefits for livestock during a Native Warm Season Grass Pasture Tour set for Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in Patton, Mo.

Experts will explain how quality soils are at the foundations of native warm-season grass pastures. The free event will also include in-field observations and discussions of how these principles are used on a working cattle farm.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dale Strickler, an agronomist for Green Cover Seed, which is the nation’s leading cover crop seed company
  • Ray Archuleta, a retired conservation agronomist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) East National Technology Center in Greensboro, N.C. He will provide instruction on soil health and agroecology at events throughout the country.
  • Doug Peterson, a NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa. Peterson has been with NRCS since 1987 and previously served as Missouri’s soil health conservationist for three years.

Adding warm-season grass areas to a grazing system that already features cool-season grass creates a forage system that allows livestock owners to keep their herds feeding on high quality forage for a longer period. This benefits the wildlife, too. Warm-season grasses begin growth later in the year and are not ready to be grazed or hayed until late summer. By then, most of the ground-nesting wildlife that need these plants for habitats have hatched their broods.

This free workshop is at Charlie Besher’s Farm at RR 5 Box 2402 in Patton, near Meadow Heights School. It will be limited to 100 people. Registration can be completed online. Contact Beth or Megan at (573) 238-2671 ext. 3 by July 26 to RSVP and request accommodations to participate.

The outdoor workshop is a combined effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MD), Quail Forever and Bollinger County SWCD.

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