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May 25, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
In-Person and Virtual Options Available
(253) 845-9770 ext. 106
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Pasture Management Farm Tour

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Join us to tour a 50 acre cattle, horse, and hay farm. We will be joined by NRCS Agronomist Marty Chaney, Gudrun Mahrt of Columbia River Carbonates, and sheep farmer and owner of Kiwi Fencing, Warrick Bryant to discuss increasing pasture forage production and decreasing weed competition. Learn how to assess pasture production, identify weeds and various control methods for them, determine fertilizer rates, and maximize forage outputs.

Walk the fields of a 50-acre former dairy turned beef cattle, horse, and hay farm in Roy with owners Terry and Suzanne Smith, Marty Chaney, Agronomist with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, Gudrun Mahrt, a sales representative from Columbia River Carbonates, Warwick Bryant, a custom farmer and sheep and hay grower from the Key Peninsula, and Rene’ Skaggs Farm Resource Specialist with the Pierce Conservation District to review the importance of soil analysis, addressing drainage or irrigation considerations, and to discuss the connection between healthy forage growth and weed competition. Learn how to correctly assess existing production levels, identify common weed species, and their control methods, accurately determine nutrient application rates, and maximize forage outputs. 

Pierce Conservation District will follow all CDC recommended guidelines on COVID-19 and be in compliance with Governor Inslee's Roadmap to Recovery COVID Response Plan for limiting the number of participants for outdoor activities in Phase 3. We will be practicing a minimum of 6 ft. social distancing, require that masks be worn over your nose and mouth the entire time, and provide hand and shoe sanitizing stations. Please reach out if you have questions about our procedures during farm tours. 

If you are unable to attend the original event, don't worry! We will be recording it and will post the recording on our website afterwards. Please RSVP if you would like to be sent a copy of the recorded presentation and receive any handouts or resources provided during the event. 

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