Farmers interested in learning how to improve forage and pasture management after a drought can participate in discussions of the issues by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in early December.

The three-session school runs Dec. 4 and 6, 6-9 p.m., and Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Jackson Agricultural Research Station, 019 Standpipe Rd., Jackson.

The first session will kick off the school with an introduction to the Jackson Agricultural Research Station by Kenny Wells, station manager, and presentations on management-intensive grazing, resource evaluation, understanding plant growth and grazing economics.

“Participants will also get to see hands-on demonstrations of production practices by OARDC experts, including different types of water devices, temporary polywire fencing to allow strip grazing of forages, and the use of different forage types,” Wells said. “The information is especially relevant this year for producers looking to mitigate forage drought losses.”

Other topics to be covered are: Forage Species Selection; Grazing Systems and Contingency Plans for the Good, Bad and Ugly; Paddock Layout and Design; and Pasture Soil Fertility.

The school will also include a farm visit to view grazing management practices, including fence and livestock watering systems in the field at the research station.

Registration, due Nov. 19, is $30. For more information, contact the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-286-5208 or the Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-596-5676.

For those who can’t attend the early December school, future grazing schools will be held beginning in March. Locations are: Mt. Hope on March 18, 25 and April 1; a joint Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties grazing school March 26, April 2 and 9; and an offering in Tuscarawas County, also planned for March.