- Agronomic: other, grass (misc. perennial), hay
- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: pasture renovation, feed/forage
- Crop Production: no-till
- Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
- Farm Business Management: agricultural finance
In Maryland and neighboring states, warm season grasses are being adapted for wildlife habitat and some beef farms. Dairy heifers and dry cows can likely utilize WSG in summer grazing when cool season grasses are not growing well. The objective is to use our two farms in a team approach with two different soil conditions to test two different WSG in dairy forage/grazing systems. Our two farms have cooperated closely to improve our own systems and promote grazing in the county. This project should demonstrate the potential of increasing summer forage production with WSG particularly for dairy heifers and dry cows. Thousands of acres of marginal pasture land produce little forage in bluegrass and could produce more feed and provide better soil protection in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with more acres of WSG. This system would reduce summer forage production risk and reduce feeding stored feeds increasing dairy farm profitability by increasing annual animal grazing days. Both of our farms have been very active in regional pasture walks and seminars.