Tools and techniques to increase yields and reduce pasture stress in the future will be the focus of a workshop to be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 29, in Greenfield, IN.

“Our goal is to help producers manage their land for increased productivity,” says program coordinator Roy Ballard, Purdue University extension educator in Hancock County. “Last summer’s drought left pastures thin and spotty with the loss of high-quality forage grasses and plants, which leaves room for weeds to invade.” As part of the workshop, participants will learn to identify weed and forage species on a pasture walk at the Elvin Thomas Farm.

A portion of the program will focus on weed control. Stocking rates, rotational-grazing techniques, paddock design and fencing and watering options also will be discussed. To preregister for the free workshop, contact the Purdue Extension office in Hancock County at 317-462-1113 or rballard@purdue.edu. More information is available at www.ces.purdue.edu/Hancock/08%20pasture%20renovation%20brochure.pdf.