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Short pastures not unusual at thistime in Ronceverte Are your pastures short right now? If they are, you are not the only Greenbrier County farmer having pasture shortages right now. With the cold dry spring and dry summer, most farmers are experiencing a particularly severe summer pasture shortage. While this summer's pasture shortage may be particularly severe, it isn't that unusual. Most grasses grown in Greenbrier County normally make 60 to 70% of their growth before June 1. These cool season grasses such as orchardgrass and bluegrass just about stop growing during the summer months. Jacob McNeel of the Soil Conservation Service says that there are two ways that farmers in Greenbrier County typically handle this problem. "Many farmers may stock light in the spring and let the grass grow. This tall grass is grazed by the cattle when the grass goes dormant in the summer. Gains drop , however, because the quality of the grass is low. Most other farmers stock heavier in the spring so the cool season grasses stay short and green; .but as summer progresses, a pasture shortage causes livestock average daily gains to drop , sometimes severely." The reduced gains of both these systems have made farmers look into other sytems to handle the uneven, distribution of grazing. them over from Europe and knew their management best. Warm season grasses grow best in summer when cool season grasses are dormant.Unlike stockpiled cool season grasses, warm season grasses are nutritious and palatable duringthe hot dry weather, tn one experiment in 10wa, the average daily gain for steers during the summer was 1.72 pounds on switchgrass, a warm season, and 0,91 pounds on smooth bromegrass. That same smooth bromegrass, however, produced 1.91 pounds average daily gain when grazed in the spring. So, as you can see, establishing fields of warm season grasses along with cool seasons can put more pounds on the cattle during a, growing season. Warm season grasses have other benefits as well. One being the ability to produce higher yields than cool seasons on infertile, dry ground. Another advantage is long stand life. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to find out more about warm season grasses, plan to attend the field trial showing on the David McKenzie farm near Peterstown, Monroe County. Field trips will be conducted from 10 - 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 30. To get to the McKenzie farm, take Route 219 south to Route 12 in Peterstown. Turn right onRoute 12. Go one mile and turn left on the , ,,m ,,,~u,,m,,i, mwl~OWlqlillr, I tJWlO&.y, JOl.y :~Y, A~lllSqD l ,S Sally Richardson addresses Democratic Women July 30 Highlighting the regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 30th, Greenbrier County Democratic Women will be guest speaker, Mrs. Sally K. Richardson of Charleston. Mrs. Richardson is the newly elected chairman of the West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee - the first woman to hold this position. Mrs. Richardson is a frequent visitor to Greenbrier County, having relatives in Frankford. She is welll-known in civic, social and political circles. Mrs. Richardson was Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Welfare during the early eighties. She is active in community service in Kanawha County, holding board positions or offices in the Chamber of Commerce's Committee Of 100, the United Way of, Kanawha Valley, the Junior League of Charleston and the Childrens Museum of Charleston. Politically, Mrs. Richardson worked as Program Coodinator for Governor Rockfeller's successful campaign in 1976 - and in 1980. o She has servecl tour years as a member of the We~;t Virginia Advisory Committee to the U. S, Civil Rights Commission. Sally Richardson is a Charter member of the West Virginia Women's Political Caucus. Wherever Sally K. Richardson is involved, she makes things happen. She is what people might call a "slav, driver" - but si~e is always right there to do more than she asks anyone else to do. We hope all Democrats will come to hear and met Sally K. Richardson on Wednesday, July 30 - 7.:30 p.m. at the Court House. Mrs. Richardson is a charming lady and a warm-hearted individual who cares about people. A special invitation is given to all Democratic Officer holders, and Democratic nominees for fall election. Refreshments will be served by Mrs. Louis Longanacre and Miss Kay Kinneson, assisted by Mrs. Irma Powell. terms as Son,,buildingOVersaWin ,Foliage Plants HaveNow Arrived!! St . m..-- "- r".Re'..,, Bed * 2 Wheel, 4x4, eHpnging Baskets . oFicus ~Rubber $-:I,4'S.Sl PerMonth eelpullarCab, feature of oFems . Schifflera/Plants ; the space .Ivy ~ .Palms * , Extended Cab, 8 Standard Beds In Stock . ge printing .Nepthytis " .Dieffenbachia " i80th r -i an Tro