FORAGE TIMELY TIPS FOR AUGUST

If drought conditions limit pasture growth, close off pastures and feed hay in a sacrifice area.

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.

Do NOT graze cool-season pastures closer than 3 to 4 inches. This will help conserve soil moisture and prevent overheating of plant crowns.

Graze warm season annuals or perennials to allow cool season grasses to recover and to avoid endophyte-infected fescue.

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