From the Benton County Extension Office

Pastures play an important role in improving water quality as well as supporting livestock production.

A pasture walk will be held at the Gene Tinker farm near Manchester on Thursday, September 22, starting at 10 am. Using EQIP funding, Tinker has improved this pasture by dividing into paddocks and rotational grazing, and interseeding legumes into the grass stand. They also are exploring possibilities of streambank stabilization and installing a saturated buffer. Speakers include Angie Freilinger on streambank stabilization, George Schaefers on saturated buffers, Pat Schaefers on EQIP and CSP programs, and Denise Schwab on pasture improvement.

The pasture is located on 140th Street, Manchester, 1/2 mile west of 200th Avenue. About 6 miles north of Manchester or 3 miles south of Edgewood, or 4 1/2 miles west of Greeley.

Pasture walks are informal educational programs designed to demonstrate key areas of pasture management, as well as answer any questions you might have. Each has a slightly different focus and all producers who are dependent on forage production are invited to attend to improve their own pasture management. This event is co-sponsored by the Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District, NRCS, ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center. For more information, please contact Denise Schwab at 319-472-4739 or email at dschwab@iastate.edu .