Farm Management Checklist for May

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√  Complete spring vaccinations if haven’t done so already.

√  Deworm livestock and horses if necessary.

√  Implement a fly control program (manure removal/composting, fly predators, sprays, dusts, tags).

√  Order and plant warm season perennials (bermudagrass) or annuals (millet, crabgrass).

√  Scout for emergence of summer weeds (ex. horse nettle, dog fennel and pigweed) and apply herbicide while plants are small (3 inches) for most effective control.

√  Fertilize warm-season pastures with nitrogen and other required nutrients based on soil analysis.

√  Mow fescue pastures no lower than 4 inches once seed heads emerge to keep vegetative and maintain quality.

√  Submit soil analysis for fescue pastures and spread any needed lime to prepare for planned fall seeding.

√  Use baits to control fire ant populations when air temperatures are between 70-90 degrees F and when ants are foraging (potato chip-check).

Written By

Cassie LeMaster, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCassie LeMasterExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Equine Call Cassie Email Cassie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Polk County Center
Posted on Apr 28, 2021
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