Pasture/Rain

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Pasture/Rain

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:26 am

Anybody pastures need rain or am I the only one. Anybody feeding hay already. I’m debating on letting mine in on my hay pasture pretty soon. Pasture cows are on now needs some rain badly I’m kinda nervous.



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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by 1982vett » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:41 am

Yes pastures are getting dry. Nothing really unexpected for August around here. Their have been showers spotted around. All we’ve gotten since the beginning of July has been .65 Saturday night and .20 about 10 days ago. Still pastures are turning brown in places but still have a lot of grass. The temps has stopped it’s growth for sure but I am not in need of feeding hay.

Temps should start to break and showers should start popping up in the afternoons. Hopefully they will.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by skyhightree1 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:45 am

my pastures and everything is dry here but not feeding hay I let my pastures grow weeds and all because I knew it would be dry this year I got 6-7' tall ragweed all over the place the cows are eating it what they don't eat the goats will.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by sassafras manor » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:50 am

We are so wet in central Illinois that I am feeding hay in sacrifice areas to keep the cows from muddying up the pastures. Our lawn grass is growing faster than I can mow it between showers. My son has only played 2 of his 7 scheduled baseball games because of rain outs.

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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by HDRider » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:54 am

We have had 3 inches in the last few days. Perfect slow rain. Grass was about to get dry.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by slick4591 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:56 pm

I'm dry, but not to the point of breaking out any hay. Weather report says a good chance of rain tomorrow. We shall see.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:38 pm

slick4591 wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:56 pm
I'm dry, but not to the point of breaking out any hay. Weather report says a good chance of rain tomorrow. We shall see.
I’m praying for it here in east Tx

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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by Caustic Burno » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:51 pm

You should always stock for drought.
2011 shock therapy got a lot of minds right in East Texas. Trying to feed through a drought puts you in the red quick. Maintaining pasture health becomes number one as you are a grass farmer first.
You can buy more cows tomorrow takes years to rebuild pasture.
Had 3/4 inch in the last 5 weeks here.
That’s the way it goes flooded or drought.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:26 pm

I’ve been blessed this year. Grass is in good shape. Potentially looking at a 3rd cutting of hay.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by HDRider » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:37 pm

Bigfoot wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:26 pm
I’ve been blessed this year. Grass is in good shape. Potentially looking at a 3rd cutting of hay.
You normally only get 2? That is rough. What kind of grass? Fescue?
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by cowgal604 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:57 pm

We've had a pretty mild summer and more rain than usual but our grass is still depleting quickly. We started feeding round bales yesterday. There is grass, but our cows just aren't satisfied and just come home screaming each night

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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:02 pm

In Texas, you kinda expect it to be hot & dry. In New York - not so much. Crazy weather. Cold wet long spring, extending right into summer. Then, hotter than NY weather and dry. This land/soil is "designed" to be watered every 3-4 days. Go a week without rain and we have cracks in the ground.
I have been chasing pastures since the day we turned out. I know how to rotate graze, just don't have the re-growth needed. Never got ahead of me this spring. Here's hoping it starts growing this fall. I have had to put out a few bales when we were gone for 3-4 days at a show. Don't have one pasture that will maintain them that long. This sucks. I feel for you southerners that go thru this all the time. We are definitely NOT used to this.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by snoopdog » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:08 pm

We've been blessed this year, timely showers. It was a little sketchy trying to get the first cutting up, but after that its been great, I know how it feels though. Everyone here has plenty of grass, and plenty of hay.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by Stocker Steve » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:17 pm

We have had wet summers for the past four years. Bale wrappers have become popular. Tiling companies can not keep up.
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Re: Pasture/Rain

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:14 pm

HDRider wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:37 pm
Bigfoot wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:26 pm
I’ve been blessed this year. Grass is in good shape. Potentially looking at a 3rd cutting of hay.
You normally only get 2? That is rough. What kind of grass? Fescue?
It’s crabgrass. It’s made 9.5 4’x5’ to the acre already this year.
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