February Pasture Comments

Published on: 11:21AM Feb 27, 2009

Use this link to send us your comments about the pastures and hay fields in your local area.  Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity.

With spring is just around the corner, how do pastures look where you are?

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

  • 2/27- Greenwood County, Kansas - We carried an immense amount of standing forage into the winter, as ample rainfall in mid/late summer grew a lot of grass.  The quality of this grass through the winter is very poor—as is the case with native tallgrass—but there will be a lot of “fuel” when pastures are burnt this spring.  It has been an unseasonably dry late fall and winter, but soil moisture is still adequate. Above average amounts of native grass hay were harvested last summer, so most producers have plenty of hay.

  • 2/24 - Caldwell County, Texas - Pastures are dirt, tanks dried up months ago. Lake Rising Star does not exist anymore. Cattle are dying everyday. Talked to a woman in Bastrop who said they lost eight cows in one week. I was in the beef cattle business since 1972, sold the last of five-hundred cows last summer.

  • 2/24 - Brazos County, Texas - We have had little rain since last September. Our typical fall-seeded winter pastures (oats, ryegrass, clover) never got enough moisture and are dead for the most part. What warm season grass we were able to stockpile is tinder-dry and a fire hazard. The good news is that temperatures have warmed to seasonal averages so with a little rain we could see a green-up. For now we continue to feed hay and supplements.