Montgomery County event features native-grasslands expert

  • Published: Monday, April 29, 2019

TRUXTON, Mo. – Native grasslands management expert Pat Keyser of the University of Tennessee will lead a pasture walk through newly established warm-season grass pastures in Warren and Montgomery counties June 25.

Keyser will tell why and how growers can establish native grass pastures, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Rusty Lee. Harry Cope and Len Gilmore of Quail Forever and Wesley Hanks of Pheasants Forever will speak about how warm-season grasses attract wildlife.

Participants will visit new pastures at Cope’s farm, where Cope uses a mixed stand of warm-season grasses, cool-season grasses and forbs for grazing livestock. Forbs are broad-leaved, nonwoody herbaceous plants with significant food value for livestock as well as wildlife.

The walk includes a 23-year-old stand of gama grass and a soil pit for viewing root development at the Robert Ridgley farm. David Doctorian and Mark Abney of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will tell how properly managed pastures improve soil moisture, color, texture and structure.

Callaway Montgomery County Cattlemen’s Association will serve a barbecue dinner. After dinner, participants may look at a warm-season grass field that has been converted to pasture.

The event begins at the Cope farm at 3 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m.

From U.S. 70 Exit 188, go north 10.5 miles on state Route A to New Truxton. Watch for signs as you turn left on Winters Road. Turn right in 200 yards onto a long driveway to the field.

Lee says dinner registrations are required. Call 636-456-3434, ext. 3. The $5 fee may be paid at the door.

MU Extension, USDA, Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever and NRCS + MU Grasslands Project sponsor the event.

Writer: Linda Geist

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