Various Soil and Water Conservation Districts in southeast Indiana and a host of partners will sponsor a timely beef and forage field day at the historic North Bend farm near Patriot down near the Ohio River in southern Indiana. The farm is a large beef operation, and was once owned by the Call family of Ball glass jar fame from Muncie. Leroy Brammer, a 1987 Master Farmer, operated the farm for many years. Today it is operated by John Schroer.
The field day will be held at the farm, about 3 miles south of Patriot or 7 miles from Markland Dam on Indiana 156 at 6 pm EDT. The event is scheduled to last until 9 p.m. The farm is known for extensive use of rotational grazing, especially in the last few years.
Robert Zupancic, grazing specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will discuss grazing and answer questions. No doubt many questions will be related to the drought and how to help pastures recover once it begins raining again. He will also discuss alternatives to hay and traditional forages for dairy and cattle producers who must try to make it until next year with very limited forage supplies. Most are already feeding hay, or green chopping corn if they have corn that crop insurance adjustors have released.
Keith Johnson, Purdue University forage specialist, will also discuss alternatives for feeding and describe various forages that might be options this year. He will talk about forage harvest management, and also touch on weed control in pastures and hayland.
Schroer will discuss how to maintain herd health. No doubt the drought will have implications on that topic. Ron Lemenager says the intense heat and drought may impact cow/calf producers for this year and the nest two years as well. He is a Purdue Extension animal science specialist.A free meal provided by sponsors will be provided by the Rolling Pin, caterers form Versailles. Reservations are requested. If you come, bring a lawn chair. Call in reservations to: 812-427-3126.