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Nochaway Pasture Update

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Producers in the Nochaway area have had a time this year with pasture and hay field  management.  With the increased rainfall and not being able to cut for several weeks or months after maturity, much of the hay has a lower quality than what we are accustomed to feeding our animals.  Now conditions are right for several diseases and insects to cause stand issues or decrease yields for our final cutting.  Below is a link to a publication about browning of bermudagrass pastures and hay fields.  Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Cooperative Extension Forage Specialist, also noted that selection of a hybrid variety along with proper pH and nutrient management, mostly potash, help to keep these stands healthier with less disease incidence.

http://www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/forages/questions/CSS-FS052.pdf

If you have any questions concerning your hay fields or pastures, contact your local county extension office or call your county extension agent.