Forage and Pasture Management School

This course is sponsored by the South Florida Beef/Forage program of the University of Florida, Cooperative Extension Service. It is conducted with the volunteer assistance of area ranchers and producers. It is part of a continuing multi-county effort to help Central Florida beef producers market pounds of beef per cow, per acre operated profitably.

The purpose of this course is to strengthen the managerial capabilities of owners and operators of beef cattle ranches. This course is an intense course in forage production and management that will be offered in three, three day sessions in June, July and August. This course deals with practical topics in forage and pasture management including explanation of some basic concepts to support practical applications.

This is the fourth offering of this school. We strongly encourage you to consider attending yourself, and/or your personnel. This course has been approved for 3 hours of college credit form the University of Florida if tuition is paid to the University in addition to the cost of the school itself.

If you are interested in participating in the Forage and Pasture Management School, please contact your local County Extension Agent for registration information.

Example Schedule

Example schedule from 1999 school:

Session I: Soils and Nutrient Management

Date Time Topic / Speaker
Day 1 8:30-9:30am Introduction - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
9:30-10:30am Essential Plant Nutrients - Pat Hogue
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Basic Soil Fertility (Nutrients and the Soil) - Dr. Jack Rechcigl
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Basic Soil Fertility... continued - Dr. Jack Rechcigl
2:00-3:00pm Fertilizer Materials and Formulating the Fertilizer You Need - Pat Hogue
3:00-4:00pm IFAS Forage Fertilization Recommendations - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
Day 2 8:30-9:30am Water Quality and Soils (BMPs for pastures) - Dr. Jack Rechcigl
9:30-10:30am Use & Regulations Concerning Fertilizer & Non-Hazardous Wastes - Dr. Gerald Kidder
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Use and Regulations... continued - Dr. Gerald Kidder
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-4:00pm How to Use A Soil Survey - Mr. Lew Carter
Day 3 8:30-9:30am Environmental Factors Affecting Forage Production - Dr. L.E. Sollenberger
9:30-9:45am Break
9:45-11:45am Plant Growth & Development - Dr. L.E. Sollenberger
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-?? Fertilizer Materials & Fertilization lab & tour - Pat Hogue

Session II: South Florida Forages

Date Time Event
Day 1 8:30-10:30am Pasture Grasses - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Grasses (temporary pasture, renovation) - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Annual Legumes - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
2:00-3:00pm Perennial Legumes - Dr. Martin B. Adjei
Day 2 8:30-10:30am Pasture Establishment - Dr. Paul Mislevy
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Forage Selection / Management Exercise - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Pasture Weed Control - Dr. J. Jeffrey Mullahey
2:30-4:00pm Insect ID & Control - Mr. Jim Selph
Day 3 LAB - Ona, REC. Moderator: Jennifer Myers
8:30-11:45am Pasture crops ID Tour - Dr. Martin B. Adjei
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-4:00pm Spray Equipment and Calibration - Mr. R.P. Cromwell

Session III - Forages and the Cow/Calf System

Date Time Event
Day 1 Moderator: James Stice
8:30-9:30am Grazing Management Concepts - Dr. C.G. Chambliss
9:30-10:30am Grazing Management Systems - Dr. L.E. Sollenberger
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Grazing Management Systems... continued - Dr. L.E. Sollenberger
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Principles of Forage Conservation - Dr. W.E. Kunkle & Dr. Chambliss
3:00-4:00pm Forage Harvesting & Storage Equipment - Mr. R.P. Cromwell
Day 2 Moderator: Travis Seawright
8:30-9:30am Basic Concepts of Forage Quality - Dr. W.F. Brown
9:30-10:30am Fitting Forages to the Cow/Calf System - Dr. W.F Brown
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Supplementation Programs for Forage Systems - Dr. F.M Pate
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Supplementation Programs... continued - Dr. F.M. Pate
2:00pm-?? Formulating Supplementation Programs Practical - Dr. F.M. Pate
Day 3 Moderator: Pat Hogue. LAB.
All Day Tour of local cattle operations stored forage, grazing systems, supplementation programs, etc.

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