Kansas State University Western Kansas Research and Extension Centers will host a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on April 4 on decision-making for grass turnout in Western Kansas.
In many areas of the state, grass growth was very limited last year and continuing dry conditions in recent months raise questions about how livestock producers should plan for the coming growing season.
“Throughout much of 2022 and early 2023, producers have downsized herds but also shopped for forage resources from broader areas to retain as much of their herds as possible,” says Sandy Johnson, K-State extension beef specialist. “As normal grass turnout time arrives, producers are evaluating the supply of harvested forages in relationship to forage demand and when grazing will become an option again.”
Jason Warner, K-State extension beef cow-calf specialist, adds “When and how grass turnout occurs is a big decision this year as we are attempting to mitigate high prices for hay and other feeds while avoiding further damage to already stressed pastures. Information presented will be applicable to producers all across Kansas and surrounding areas.”
Keith Harmoney, K-State range scientist at Hays, has studied historical data from range research at the experiment station including droughts in the 1930s and 1950s as well as more recent droughts and will use all of this to share his thoughts on planning and decision-making for this spring.
The webinar is free; however, registration is required. The webinar will be recorded and available online at KSUBeef.org soon after the meeting. Register at https://tinyurl.com/KSUturnout.
More information is available from Sandy Johnson at 785-462-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her by email at email@example.com or call 620-793-1910.