Advanced Pasture Management Seminar Takes Place Sept. 13

The University of Maryland Extension is offering a seminar titled “Advanced Pasture Management: Beyond the Basics” on Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Central Maryland Research and Education Center located at 4240 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City.

Forage, horse, and conservation specialists will teach participants how to maximize the use and productivity of their horse pastures while improving horse and environmental health. Participants will delve deep into the complexity of soil types and how it affects grass growth, learn about the right lime and fertilizer to purchase for horse pastures, discover new findings regarding carbohydrates and pasture, and learn how to get a handle on those out of control weeds. The event will also feature live rainfall demonstrations on pasture plots and an opportunity to explore different pasture species suitable for horse pastures in raised garden beds. A full schedule of events is included below.

The registration fee is $35, which includes lunch and course handouts. Interested individuals can register online at or download the brochure and registration form at

Advance Horse Pasture Management Seminar Schedule and Speakers

8:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions
Amy Burk, MS, PhD, horse specialist from the University of Maryland

9:00 a.m. Managing Pastures for Soil Type
Nicole Fiorellino, MS, environmental science specialist from the University of Maryland

10:00 a.m. Purchasing Power: Buying the Right Lime and Fertilizer 
Mike Calkins, conservation specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Services of Howard County

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Utilizing Pasture for Profit
Jim Hanson, MS, PhD, farm economist for the University of Maryland

11:30 a.m. Carbohydrates and the Pastured Horse
Amy Burk, MS, PhD, horse specialist from the University of Maryland

12:15 p.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Strategic Use of Herbicides for Noxious, Obnoxious, and Toxic Weed Control
David Myers, PhD, PLA, ASLA, agriculture educator for the University of Maryland

2:00 p.m. Demonstrations at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration Site
Rainfall simulation showing effects of pasture cover on soil erosion
New pasture grasses and legumes featured in raised beds

3:45 p.m. Wrap-up and safe travels

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