The University of Missouri Extension Service again had a booth at the Crane Broiler Fest last weekend. Tim Schackenberg, right, an agronomy specialist from Monett based in Stone County, chatted on Saturday with grower Alex Pritchett from Webster County about native grasses. Schnackenberg said many of his conversations at the festival focused on the “amazing August” in southwest Missouri. The unusually persistent rain has created lots of grasses, he said, but not a lot of good quality hay. Many fields have a lot of foxtail in them, which cows do not like, and other growth like crabgrass, which cows do like but does not bundle into hay. Because of the moisture, Schnackenberg said many corn producers have had to use fungicides, which is particularly unusual in this region, especially in August. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat
The University of Missouri Extension Service again had a booth at the Crane Broiler Fest last weekend.