Ag meeting in Burlingame: Utilizing cover crops as a forage

Does the drought have you wondering how you will feed your livestock this fall and winter? Cover crops can provide additional forage for livestock and improve soil health in crop fields.

Local conservation agencies will host a meeting on utilizing cover crops as forage at 7 p.m. July 24, 2018, at the Masonic Lodge, 106 E. Fremont Ave., Burlingame.

Pomona Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy, K-State Research and Extension and Osage County Conservation District will host the meeting that will also cover electric fence components and installation, USDA programs to help with water supply, and financial assistance.

Dr. Jaymelynn Farney, assistant professor in the Animal Sciences and Industry Department at Kansas State University, will talk about grazing cover crops. She is part of the K-State team on the Great Plains Grazing Project, and studies cover crops and forage production as part of her research.

To utilize cover crops for forage, fencing may be needed. Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District livestock production agent, will talk about electric fence components and installation. He will have components on hand and point out some differences so landowners can make informed decisions.

Pat Penturf, district conservationist for Natural Resources and Conservation Service, will present information on the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) that is available to help with water source development. EQIP can also help with other practices such as cover crops and grazing management.

A Farm Service Agency representative will talk about federal forage and livestock programs that are available due to the drought.

In certain areas, the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy can help with the cost of cover crops. A Pomona Lake WRAPS representative will be present to provide information.

For more information, contact Lori Kuykendall, Osage County Conservation District, at 785-828-3458.

Information thanks to Frontier Extension District.

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