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Understanding Introduced Pasture Fertilization webinar set June 7

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“Participants will learn how fertilization is key to the persistence, productivity and nutritive value of our introduced pastures and hay meadows in Texas.”

Pasture fertilization will be the topic of a June 7 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

“Understanding Introduced Pasture Fertilization” is next in the Texas Range Webinar Series, scheduled on the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton, will lead the webinar.

“Participants will learn how fertilization is key to the persistence, productivity and nutritive value of our introduced pastures and hay meadows in Texas,” Corriher-Olson said.

“The key to maximizing fertilization practices is soil testing,” she said. “Hay meadows should be tested annually because many of the nutrients are harvested into hay bales. Pastures can be tested every two to three years since livestock recycle nutrients. However, anytime we plan to incorporate new forages we should complete a soil analysis first. Without a soil analysis it’s just a guess as to what nutrients to apply and how much.”

No Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered during this webinar, Flores said, so there is no fee.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu. For more information on the webinars, contact Flores at pflores@ag.tamu.edu.

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