Grazing North Texas

By Tony Dean | tonydean.tx1@gmail.com

When considering planting perennial grasses or other perennial forage for grazing or haying, we should look at all of the options and make an informed decision. This practice not only requires a significant financial outlay, but if done correctly, can last a lifetime.

Three questions will help make this decision:

  1. What will you expect out of the forage established, and what plants can meet your criteria?
  2. What level of management are you willing to provide in the long term?
  3. What will your soil support?
    The first two questions reflect the level of forage management you plan for your ranch. For instance, if you are considering Bermuda grass to achieve a higher level of warm season production, you should be committed to applying fertilizer and weed control in order to maintain and utilize this species.

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