Workshop on biologically effective management of grazinglands set for Jan. 4-6
Workshop participants will learn how to develop and properly operate a biologically effective management strategy specifically designed for their individual ranch.
The North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center will hold a workshop on biologically effective management of Grazinglands on Jan. 4-6 at the Dickinson State University Agriculture Building in Dickinson from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST each day.
“During drought growing seasons, half of the reduction in grass production is caused by the deficiency of available mineral nitrogen that is a result of low quantities of soil microorganisms,” said Lee Manske, Dickinson Research Extension Center range scientist.
Participants of this workshop will learn how to manage grazing livestock in order to force the grasses to feed surplus carbohydrates to the soil microbes, Manske said.
“These microbes will then be able to convert the soil organic nitrogen into greater quantities of mineral nitrogen to be available to forage grasses that will have greater nutrient content,” Manske said. “This increase in forage quality enables cows to produce milk at levels closer to their genetic potential for the entire growing season, and their calves can gain more weight each day.”
Workshop participants will learn how to develop and properly operate a biologically effective management strategy specifically designed for their individual ranch. Participants are asked to bring the complete set of location descriptions of their land holdings in order to identify them on the electronic ArcGIS maps.
The workshop instructors are Manske and Toby Stroh, Dickinson State University assistant professor.
The free workshop material will be provided electronically so participants can download the material onto laptop computers or another electronic device. Participants should also supply their own calculators and notebooks. Lodging, transportation and meals are the responsibility of the participants. Coffee and bottled water will be available.
The workshop is no cost to participants. Participants should register each person attending from their ranch by calling (701) 456-1118 or (701) 456-1120 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Registration Information should include names, mailing address, email and telephone number.