Focusing on Forages: A Summer Grazing Series hosted by Adair County and Guthrie County Extension

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Baldie cow-calf pair in pasture.

Four-part focus on foraging series begins June 14.

GREENFIELD, Iowa ­— Lingering drought-stricken pastures and high grain markets have limited forage productivity and land access for many southwest and west central Iowa cattlemen. To help improve forage and grazing capacity, a new summer grazing series has been developed for the area.

Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk said the series will offer information and resources for producers to improve management practices and capitalize on alternative forage resources to extend the grazing season.

"This four-part series will be held on a different farm each night throughout the season to feature unique grazing systems and allow participants to learn from each other," she said. "Sessions will touch on a variety of topics including watering and grazing comparisons, grazing CRP acres, pasture lease and custom care arrangements."

Each session runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a free meal at 6 p.m. The meals are provided by the Adair County and Guthrie County Cattlemen, and session attendance is free thanks to sponsorship from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, and the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council.

Session dates and locations follow.

  • June 14. Dave Deardorff farm, Wichita.
  • July 14. ISU Neely-Kinyon Research Farm, Greenfield.
  • Aug. 11. Deha Miller/Warren Gilman farm, Menlo.
  • Sept. 14. Shepherd Charolais, Stuart.

See the series flyer for more details on session-specific content.

Participants can choose to attend individual sessions or all four. To register, please call the Adair County Extension Office at 641-743-8412 or the Guthrie County Extension Office at 641-747-2276, or you can  register online at Farm addresses will be given once participants have registered. For more information, please email Lundy-Woolfolk.



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-745-5902,

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