Monday, November 28, 2011

Grazing Resources

From time to time I run across some amazing resources and breadth of grazing experience shared by farmers who are also excellent writers.  Dave Forgey is one of these people whom we all can learn from.

As the days grow darker and you all think about professional development readings for next season...check this out:

Dave Forgey's farm web site & writing

And...I hope you enjoy this photo from earlier in the summer.  Don't forget you can use your livestock to manage those pesky weeds!  Feel free to contact the Pasture Program to learn more about how to implement this simple process.

Teaching cows to eat weeds at Windhorse Farm in East Hardwick, VT

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tillage Radishes & Pasture Compaction

Coming up next week, a highlight of the Pasture Program project on reducing compaction in pastures using practical, inexpensive methods.   One aspect of the project has been assessing keyline plowing.  The other method has been the use of tillage radishes.  Tillage radishes, a variation of the daikon radish, have been tested for use addressing compaction on cropped land.  Using them to address compaction in pastures is a new application.

If you'd like a sneak preview, check out this field-recorded video:

Tillage radish YouTube link

To watch the segment in its entirety, please watch 'Across the Fence' on WCAX-TV, Channel 3 at 12:10 on Nov. 8.  The full-length program will also be archived on the UVM Extension website: