Presenter Information

Dave Robison, Legacy Seeds, Inc.

Location

Ottumwa, IA

Start Date

18-1-2014 12:00 AM

Description

In the Robison Farm’s years of grazing cattle in central and southern Indiana we utilized grazing corn stalks and some stockpiled tall fescue throughout the winter to reduce feed cost. While this proved beneficial most years we ended up with some added compaction in our corn fields (we did not rotationally graze our stalks). While we continued the practice we also utilized “V-Rippers” to break up compaction problems, thus usually reducing or eliminating the feed cost savings. After many years of raising cattle we sold our cow-calf operation in the early 1980’s. I believe that if we knew about cover crops, rotational grazing, fescue endophyte issues, etc… that our farm would have had cattle many more years. Our purpose today is to look most specifically at cover crops and how they can boost profitability in your cattle and farming operation so you choose to keep your cattle –and utilize them as a profit center.

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Jan 18th, 12:00 AM

Using Cover Crops to Boost Profitability in Your Operation

Ottumwa, IA

In the Robison Farm’s years of grazing cattle in central and southern Indiana we utilized grazing corn stalks and some stockpiled tall fescue throughout the winter to reduce feed cost. While this proved beneficial most years we ended up with some added compaction in our corn fields (we did not rotationally graze our stalks). While we continued the practice we also utilized “V-Rippers” to break up compaction problems, thus usually reducing or eliminating the feed cost savings. After many years of raising cattle we sold our cow-calf operation in the early 1980’s. I believe that if we knew about cover crops, rotational grazing, fescue endophyte issues, etc… that our farm would have had cattle many more years. Our purpose today is to look most specifically at cover crops and how they can boost profitability in your cattle and farming operation so you choose to keep your cattle –and utilize them as a profit center.