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beef-calf-mary-hightower-uark-46905528854-0bab7b5983.jpg Mary Hightower/University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Effective forage planning critical for cattle operations

Forage management key in uncertain times. Remember 30-day rule.

John Jennings, a professor and Extension forage specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offered advice for spring forage plans, reminding producers to allow 30 days after implementing a practice to see the effect. Jennings was among the speakers during a webinar about COVID-19 impacts on the cattle industry.

Jennings offers these tips:

• Start rotating pasture immediately to allow for forage accumulation.

• Close gates or divide large pastures with single electric polywire to allow forage to accumulate.

• Fertilize cool-season grasses and winter annuals as soon as possible.

• Repair and overseed hay feeding areas.

• Target fertilization for existing forages; Fertilize cool-season grasses like fescue and winter annuals such as ryegrass as soon as possible; Fertilize bermuda in early May.

• Plant oats or ryegrass for spring grazing or hay as soon as possible.

• Plant summer annuals such as pearl millet, sudangrass, corn, or crabgrass in May and June for summer grazing.

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