Year: 
2017
Project Leader: 
Ben Goff and Kelly Prince
Department/Program: 
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Funding Received: 
$1,000

Funds will be used to develop a field (3.5 acres) into teaching lab located on the Spindletop Research Farm at the corner of the Agronomy Building and drying facilities. The existing infrastructure of this field is still in optimal condition and may provide a way to improve the instruction of students by creating the opportunity for experiential learning of the management principles associated with forage-livestock systems. The field will be renovated into ‘KY-31’ tall fescue during the fall of 2016 and demonstration plots will be constructed on this area in the spring of 2017. The topics for these proposed demonstration plots include (but are not limited too): the benefits of rotation grazing, methods for proper forage establishment, the importance of forages in rotation with grain crops, integrated forage pest management, etc. Semi-permanent fencing and temporary waterers will be used for grazing demonstration so that they may rotated throughout the field lab to allow for renovations. In addition to the demonstration plots, an area of the field lab will be devoted to a forage identification garden containing over 60 species.  The field lab will be maintained by graduate and undergraduate students in the forage program.