Hamilton Native Outpost Field Days
In partnership with Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native!
Fast approaching are June pasture walks. Come see a Diverse Native Grassland – it’s what the bison loved, and your cattle will too.
There are two pasture walks; the first, June 4th, is a discussion of increased forage production (double, actually) as well as the improved soil health and wildlife habitat. Establishment options will be reviewed, a rainfall simulator will be on hand (if you’ve never seen it, it is always intriguing), and cost-share opportunities will be covered. The second pasture walk, June 5th is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of a Diverse Native Grassland. Invited speakers, Drexel Atkisson, a soil health specialist, and Justin Thomas, an ecologist and botanist, will both talk about how plants work together and are stronger together than alone. We are excited to hear both of them speak.
We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we place a high importance on the health of our employees, customers, and community. We are following local, state, and federal guidance, and have plans in place to accommodate this guidance at the pasture walks. If you have questions about our plans, contact us. Also, if you are interested in coming but not able due to the virus or any other reason, let us know that and we will keep you up-to-date on any impromptu events that we might have throughout the summer.
Please watch our new video about Diverse Native Grasslands. It will give you a taste of the June 4th field day.
Diverse Native Grassland Pasture Walk
June 4, 2020, 9 a.m.
This event is in partnership with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Grow Native! Tour a Diverse Native Grassland and learn how we have increased forage production and improved animal health. We will also share our observations about native plants’ palatability to livestock and discuss the positive effect of a Diverse Native Grassland on soil health including increased infiltration of rain into the soil and improving the soil’s ability to hold the rain for plant growth. The habitat that is provided for wildlife in a Diverse Native Grassland will be examined. Establishment of natives, while it can look daunting, is not really complicated when there is a plan, so we will talk about the steps involved and what natives to plant. See a Diverse Native Grassland like the buffalo grazed and explore how it can work for your cattle operation.
The day will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the tour at 9:30. Please RSVP so we know how many folks to expect for lunch, which will be provided, and how much trailer space is needed. We hope to end around 3:00 p.m.
Diversity of Plants: Stronger Together than Alone
June 5, 2020, 9 a.m.
The quality and forage production of a native warm season grass, such as Eastern Gama Grass, is hard to beat. However, plants are better together than alone. Join us as we hear an invited speaker talk about how plants work together. We will also examine some examples of how plants are different yet work together such as: how variously structured root systems serve a variety of functions in the soil, how the arrangement of leaves in layers can capture more sunlight, how having both early and late successional plants provides stability to the grassland, how the design of different plants can help solve some of our problems in the pasture, and much more. Take this opportunity to build on your knowledge of diverse native grasslands and join us for this in-depth look at diversity and how it works.
The day will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the tour at 9:30. Please RSVP so we know how many folks to expect for lunch, which will be provided, and how much trailer space is needed. We hope to end around 3:30 p.m.