Posted: Jun 25, 2012 6:44 AM
Updated: Jun 25, 2012 6:46 AM
(AP) - Experts at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture say the exceptionally dry conditions mean farmers should consider a rotational grazing system for their livestock.
Garry Lacefield, a forage extension specialist, says rotating grazing areas will ensure less waste.
The college says in a news release that many of Kentucky's pastures are made up of cool-season grasses such as tall fescue, orchard grass and Kentucky bluegrass. These grasses don't do well in hot, dry weather, and in some parts of western Kentucky rain is 8 to 9 inches below normal.
Lacefield says farmers can plant late-season pastures such as sudangrass, sorghum-sudangrass and pearl millet for emergency pasture for their animals should the dry conditions continue.
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