Pasture walks for September have been scheduled for the Southwest WI Grazing Network on two area farms in Iowa County.
On Sept. 3, Dick and Kim Cates and family of rural Spring Green will host a pasture walk beginning at 1 p.m. Cates' Family Farm will share their experiences with establishment and management of warm season grasses in cool season pastures. Guest speakers will be Dr. Randy Jackson and Dr. Julie Woodis from UW Madison and Dr. Geoff Brink from the US Dairy Forage Research Center, who will summarize their research plots at the farm as part of the discussion. Directions: From Spring Green or Dodgeville, take State Highway 23 to County Rd T and turn east on County Rd T for 2.5 miles to the farm located at 5992 County Rd T.
On Sept. 9, Mark and Sarah Weier and family will host a pasture walk on their farm between Dodgeville and Hollandale, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Weier Nook Farm has been cooperating with Dr. Mark Renz, UW Madison Extension weed scientist and his students, who are looking at control options for various pasture weeds. The discussion will center on pasture and riparian area weed management strategies. Directions: From Dodgeville, take State Highway 191 7½ miles to the public fishing access area along Ley & Conley-Lewis Creeks, just across from the intersection with County Rd. W and look for the pasture walk signs. For additional information please contact Rhonda Gildersleeve, Iowa County UW Extension Office, phone (608) 935-0391, 222 North Iowa Street, Suite 1, Dodgeville, WI 53533.