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Pasture Management: June Is a Transition

June is often a transition time for pasture management.

June is often a transition time for pasture management. Generally in early June, moisture and temperature are still favorable for good cool-season grass growth. It is also a time when grasses are maturing if seed heads have not been clipped or grazed off and, even if an earlier clipping was done to remove seed heads, there can be new seed head production.

The emphasis in many pasture-management systems at this time is quick rotations through pasture paddocks to try to keep up with grass growth and to try to keep seed heads grazed and/or clipped off.

As we get past mid June and into later June, our weather pattern often changes. Summer has arrived. It generally becomes warmer and drier. Cool-season grass growth slows down. Plants clipped in late June remain in vegetative growth. The emphasis on pasture management now must shift to reflect this change in cool-season grass growth. Pasture rotations should be slowed down. Paddocks that were dropped or left out of the spring rotation can now be worked back into rotation.

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