2014 Pasture Management Series sign-up is open
The River Valley Extension District and Clay County Conservation District have partnered to bring you an exceptional series of meetings in 2014. The 2014 Pasture Management Series is designed as a complete management course for landowners and cattlemen who want to further their knowledge and skills to maintain long-term productivity of their rangelands. Each session focuses on a different topic of management and the series will provide hands-on demonstrations and tours throughout the River Valley Extension District. Prizes will be given out at each meeting and those who attend three or more meetings will be eligible for a grand prize, a $300 gift certificate to Cloud County Cooperative. The 2014 schedule appears below.
Introduction, Discussion of Climate Patterns, Pasture Rental Rates and Kansas Lease Law will be Jan. 30, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 4-H Building Meeting Room in Clay Center.
The series will start out with a get-to-know-each-other dinner and some great presentations. Mary Knapp, Kansas State University climatologist, will present on current weather patterns and what to consider when looking at grazing plans for 2014. John Forshee and Robin Reid, RVED-Extension agents, will present Kansas Lease Law principles and results of a lease survey that was just conducted in the River Valley District. We will also preview the upcoming meetings and how the series will operate including the grand prize drawing.
A Prescribed Burning School will be Feb. 25, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Aurora.
Learn the fundamentals of when, why, and how to conduct a prescribed burn including evaluating the need to burn depending on your goals for your grassland. Also learn about burning cooperatives, how they form and operate to benefit the needs to multiple grassland managers. This class will highlight some of the latest equipment for conducting prescribed burns and have hands-on burn planning demonstrations using a sandbox. Lunch sponsored by American AgCredit.
Cattle Health and Performance will be April 3, 2014, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Clay Center Sale barn, Clay Center.
Pinkeye, Foot rot, internal and external parasites, and pneumonia can all have serious impacts on cattle performance. Water quality issues, including blue-green algae, can also create big concerns during the grazing season. Learn how to take preventive measures, or treat these problems in your cattle herd. We will also discuss how to determine stocking rates for the grazing season and how cow size can play a big role in stocking rate planning.
Managing Pasture Water Supply will be June 12, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Greenleaf.
Having a reliable water supply is essential to utilizing a pasture. Learn newer techniques for delivering a clean and stable water supply including developing a spring, using a solar pump, concrete and tire tanks, limited access pond fencing, and more. There will be a live demonstration of installing gravity feed lines into an existing pond and pouring a tire tank!
Grass Management and Weed Control will be July 9, 2014, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Longford.
Being a good grass manager is the key to long-term sustainability. Many times problems can be avoided by using proper stocking rates, seasonal grass evaluations, and rainfall monitoring. Controlling problematic weeds early with a variety of techniques will also be discussed.
Developing Grazing Plans and Alternative Forage Sources will be in October 2014, and the location will be announced.
This meeting will be a hands-on workshop to developing grazing plans for your operation. Information will also be presented on utilizing crop residues and cover crops to extend the grazing season. A tour highlighting different cover crop mixes will be included.
Tree Cutting and Brush Control will be in November 2014 in Miltonvale.
The eastern redcedar is one of the most problematic species in Kansas pastures. Learn different measures of cutting, treating, spraying, burning and other techniques to control cedars and other unwanted woody plants. Control of broadleaf weeds, thistles, and noxious weeds will also be presented. The series will wrap up with the grand prize drawing at the end of this meeting.
Producers are encouraged to sign up for the entire series for a discounted rate. This will include a notebook for materials and a meal at each meeting. Individual meetings can also be attended but you will need to RSVP ahead of time.
To register, go to http://www.rivervalley.ksu.edu/doc49487.ashx and fill out the registration portion of the brochure. You can mail or deliver your registration to any River Valley Extension District office or Clay County Conservation District. For more information or to request a registration brochure, call the RVED-Washington Office at 785-325-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This series will start soon so register today!