Linda Geist

BUFFALO, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offer an evening workshop on warm-season grasses and cost-share programs on July 31.

The pasture tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ron Locke farm near Buffalo.

MU Extension agronomy specialists Terry Halleran and Pat Miller will tell how to establish, manage and identify warm-season pasture grasses. MU Extension livestock specialists Patrick Davis and Andy McCorkill will discuss the nutritive value of these forages and how they benefit beef cattle. Mark Green, NRCS resource conservationist, will offer information on cost-share programs for grazing systems.

Locke will talk about his experiences establishing warm-season grasses in his grazing operation. For more than a decade, he worked to convert his Kentucky 31 fescue pastures to novel-endophyte fescue varieties. He will tell how his grazing operation benefited from native warm-season grasses during extreme heat and drought this summer.

Register by July 30 by contacting MU Extension in Dallas County at 417-345-7551 or emailing McCorkill at

The Locke farm is in Dallas County at 92 State Highway V, Long Lane, Mo.

MU Grasslands Project and NRCS sponsor this free event.