Mud Management Is a Sticky Situation

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For the past several years, winter precipitation and moisture have been unprecedented. Consequently, sacrifice areas are decimated by spring, allowing weeds to become rampant. Not only does this moisture lead to weed problems in spring, but increased mud can also translate to higher nutrient needs for animals. If an animal is constantly having to dredge through mud to get to a bale feeder, shelter, or water, they will have heightened nutrient requirements.

Spring brings the opportunity to rejuvenate high-use areas and pastures effected by pugging damage. It’s also the perfect time to begin planning for mud management in the coming fall and winter. Because mud has been such an issue in recent years, NC State Extension is hosting a mud management webinar on April 6th at 7 p.m. Discussion will include establishing and cleaning up sacrifice areas, farm roads, and cost share opportunities. Register at

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