Tour our Diverse Native Grassland and learn how we have increased forage production and improved animal health. We will also share our observations about native plants’ palatability to livestock and discuss the positive effect of a Diverse Native Grassland on soil health including increased infiltration of rain into the soil and improving the soil’s ability to hold the rain for plant growth. The habitat that is provided for wildlife in a Diverse Native Grassland will be examined. Establishment of natives, while it can look daunting, is not really complicated when there is a plan, so we will talk about the steps involved and what natives to plant. See a Diverse Native Grassland like the buffalo grazed and explore how it can work for your cattle operation.
The day will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the tour at 9:30. Please RSVP so we know how many folks to expect for lunch, which will be provided, and how much trailer space is needed. We hope to end around 3:00 p.m.
In Partnership with Grow Native! and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
The quality and forage production of a native warm season grass, such as Eastern Gama Grass, is hard to beat. However, plants are better together than alone. Join us as we hear an invited speaker talk about how plants work together. We will also examine some examples of how plants are different yet work together such as: how variously structured root systems serve a variety of functions in the soil, how the arrangement of leaves in layers can capture more sunlight, how having both early and late successional plants provides stability to the grassland, how the design of different plants can help solve some of our problems in the pasture, and much more. Take this opportunity to build on your knowledge of diverse native grasslands and join us for this in-depth look at diversity and how it works.
The day will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the tour at 9:30. Please RSVP so we know how many folks to expect for lunch, which will be provided, and how much trailer space is needed. We hope to end around 3:30 p.m.
If, after coming to an earlier field day, you want to see the Diverse Native Grassland in a very different season of growth, join us for this informal tour. Arrive at 4 p.m. and spend a couple hours with us in the green, growing, and drought tolerant Diverse Native Grassland.