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MSU hosts County Forage Field Day
by Steve Beavers
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Dr. John Byrd speaks with a group of producers about weed control.
Dr. John Byrd speaks with a group of producers about weed control.
Area farmers went looking for answers Tuesday morning.

Mississippi State University specialists provided the information they were seeking during the Alcorn County Forage Field Day.

Around 30 producers toured three farms in the county as MSU specialists spoke about specific areas.

"Producers are getting a wide range of information they can use to maximize their property," said Patrick Poindexter, Alcorn County Director with the Mississippi State Extension Service. "Specialists are covering a gamut of everything … there is a lot of information packed into a short field day."

The field day, made possible through a NRCS Mississippi Grazing Land Coalition Initiative grant, gave participants a chance to tour the farms of Billy and Sandy Mitchell, Chip Trulove and Frank Harville.

"It's a tremendous crowd," said Poindexter during the first stop at the Mitchell's farm. "Several different counties and organizations are represented."

Those who attended heard talks about livestock nutrient requirements, summer annual grasses, weed control, hay and nutrient management, NRCS Conservation programs and electric fencing.

Dr. Brandi Karisch, Dr. John Byrd, Dr. Rocky Lemus, Soil Conservationist Terry Todd and Doug Gevedon led each of the talks.

"The tours help make people aware of the best management practices for them," said Sandy Mitchell, with the Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation District.

"Every forage production system across the state is different," added Poindexter. "Tours like this give producers an one-on-one opportunity to interact with specialists and address their production issues."

The Grazing Land Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is a voluntary effort to enhance private grazing lands through the Natural Resources Conservation Service technical assistance. It is a nationwide partnership.

There is approximately 5.5 million acres of private grazing lands in the United States. America’s private grazing lands represent about 45 percent of the total rural areas of the United States – the largest single land use in the country.

Mississippi has 1 million acres of private grazing land.
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