The Pontotoc Co. Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting its annual Pasture Tour on June 22, 2013, at Kelly Hunt’s ranch, northwest of Ada, where Kelly has graciously offered to give us a tour of his operation.
Kelly has a very diversified operation that offers many things to discuss. He manages pastures for cattle by utilizing optimal grass production. The Pasture Tour will begin at the Hunt Ranch headquarters at 9 a.m. on June 22.
From Ada: Travel west on State Highway 3w approximately 10 miles until you get to CR 3450 (road to Garr Corner). Turn south and go approximately 1/2 mile to tour location on the west side of 3450. Tan barns that say Hunt Farms. (Road is closed past there going south for repair.)
A free hamburger lunch at noon will be provided by Kelly & Farm Credit of Central Oklahoma. Please RSVP by calling 580-332-2153 to assist with a meal count.
This is an opportunity to get some first-class information from a family who has been very successful in the cattle industry. This meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, so make sure that you invite all of your friends and neighbors.
Coming to a Pasture Near You
It’s official, summer has begun and the mercury keeps climbing. However, it seems like the grasshoppers are already in full force and developmentally well ahead of normal. In early May I began noticing nymphs (immature hoppers) in forage fields and have been seeing mature 1.5-inch hoppers routinely this past week. During average years, grasshoppers rarely populate to an extent that causes significant damage on forage. But, as we all know, that “average year” in Oklahoma is ever elusive. With reports coming in across the county of large populations of near-mature grasshoppers, it is time we address the situation.
Most reports of grasshopper populations and damage are due to the differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis. These hoppers are brown to olive green and yellow with chevron-shaped black markings on the hind legs. They reach lengths up to 1.75 inches long at maturity after growing through 5-6 stages (instars). Grasshoppers cause the majority of damage once they reach the adult stage.