“Very unusual year. I’ve never seen a year like this. Started raining, what, March, and never stopped ‘til the fall, and just now had a frost.”
WHILE RAINS MADE THE COTTON CROP LATE, LACK OF MOISTURE DELAYED FALL PASTURES.
“Winter pastures are going to be one to two months later. May not get any grazing ‘til Christmas. A few more rains, we may, we may not. We may just get grazing next year come early spring.”
FALL, WINTER, AND EARLY SPRING GRASSES OFFER MUCH HIGHER PROTEIN CONTENT.
“In the winter time, since it’s cooler, it helps support higher milk production because of the cooler temperatures and quality of the grass, and be it oats, or wheat or rye grass, most everybody down this way plants some kind of winter pasture.”
AND IF COWS WERE ORDERING FROM A MENU?
“Which do the cows prefer? They prefer oats if they had a choice. They like the taste of oats better, but rye grass seems to last longer in the spring than winter grass, so you can kind of catch up that way. This year being late, I didn’t go with any rye grass. Hopefully we’ll have some volunteer rye grass and I’ll go that direction.”
MOTHER NATURE CERTAINLY HAS A FULL ARRAY OF PITCHES TO THROW TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO DEAL WITH. I’M JOE BROWN, LOOKING AT BRAZOS VALLEY AGRICULTURE, FROM THE GROUND UP.