The cooler temperatures are setting back not planting and spring turnout for livestock producers. NDSU Extension Forage Crops Production Specialist James Rogers says the variety of pasture grass will help determine pasture turnout times. “Grazing readiness is determined by the variations between our native warm-season grasses and our introduced cool-season grasses.” The timing of grass depends on growing degree days. “With snow still on the ground in some areas and cool temperatures all around, we’re looking at 30-45 days before those plants are ready to be grazed, but it’s going to depend so much on the temperatures we’ll get in the next few weeks.”
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