MU/MDC Native Grass Extension Project

Cows grazing in a field of long grass.

Establishing and managing native grasses in Missouri

The MU/MDC Native Grass Extension Project and Native Grass Group are focused on implementing educational programs and demonstrations on the benefits of native warm-season grasses for forage production, wildlife habitat and conservation in Missouri.

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of providing habitat for wildlife and increasing livestock forage production throughout Missouri is through the proper use of pastures and grasslands. Grasslands provide many species of wildlife with food and protective cover, including nesting and brood-rearing habitat. Many species of grassland songbirds, as well as bobwhite quail, benefit from these habitats. Cottontail rabbits, wild turkey and numerous other species also benefit from this type of vegetation. In particular, establishing and managing native warm-season grasses provide excellent opportunities for grazing, haying and for improving wildlife habitat on your property. The MU/MDC Native Grass Project has been developed as a method for conducting educational programs, workshops, demonstrations and disseminating research-based information on the benefits of native grasses to landowners in Missouri.

An MU/MDC Native Grass Group, made up of interested MU Extension Field Specialists and Missouri Department of Conservation Private Land Conservationists, has been created to facilitate and conduct educational programs that feature the establishment and management of native warm-season grasses for livestock forage production, including for use in grazing systems and for hay. The collaborative effort combines the expertise of both MU Extension and MDC in promoting the adoption of native grasses for economic and conservation benefits.

Videos

Native Forages for Missouri Livestock Producers: Production and Wildlife Benefits

Native warm season grasses: overcoming establishment issues

Native warm season grasses: worth a second look

Establishment Techniques for Native Warm Season Grasses

Seed Purchase

Planting Techniques for Native Warm Season Grasses

Native Warm Season Grass Stand Evaluation Techniques

Native Warm Season Grass Management Techniques

Techniques for Conducting a Prescribed Burn

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