Pascual Hernandez
Pascual Hernandez
On ranches, any given pasture may be composed of several different range sites, each with different plant communities. Each plant community supports its own mixture of grasses, forbs and woody species. The proportion and abundance of species changes over time. Land managers must contend with meeting current consumption needs of livestock as well as health of the rangeland and future production.

To that end, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a “Reading The Range” webinar on September 30th via ZOOM and begins at 9:00 a.m.
Topics and speakers include:

10 Misconceptions in Grazing Management Jeff Goodwin, Noble Foundation.

Grazing management is complex. Jeff Goodwin will discuss avoiding perceptual misconceptions regarding grazing management, that affect an operation the most.

Determining Grazeable Acres– Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist.

Clayton will discuss soils, ecological sites, and other components for determining production and grazeable acres.

LANDvisor– Jamie Baumgardner, Corteva.

Baumgardner will provide insight on the new integrated technology that allows ranchers and land managers to customize options for maximizing land productivity.

Weed & Brush Control Calendar- Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist.

Month-by-month (chemical, mechanical, etc.) tips, things to be on the lookout for, or equipment maintenance chores as part of weed & brush control efforts will be provided by Clayton.

Reading The Range Frank Price, Frank & Sims Price Ranch – Sterling City.

Frank Price believes that close observation of rangeland in relation to livestock grazing programs is an essential part of determining rangeland health. He watches for the plants on his rangeland, the utilization and response, as well as the story that the land tells. He will discuss the “rangeland clues” he’s learned to look for that help him implement a grazing management plan.

Cost to attend is $10 by September 25th. Checks should be made out to Sutton Ag Program Fund. A link will be emailed to participants. Two (2) CEUs in IPM and General category will be available for those with a Pesticide Applicator License.

The program offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Sutton, Edwards, Crockett, and Kimble Counties. If you are interested in participating in this program and do not have adequate internet capacity, please call the Sutton County Extension Office at 325-387-3101 to determine if reasonable accommodations can be made.