When Price Wallace came back into the cattle business, he knew he couldn’t just do things the way his late father had done.
Times change. Economics change. And the business of their River Birch Farm near Mendenhall, MS, had changed. All of that affects how Wallace grows forage and feeds cattle.
Wallace also operates chicken houses on the farm. That enterprise takes time, but it complements his cow-calf business. It generates litter he uses to increase the fertility of the bahiagrass pastures and hay fields.
With that fertility, he can grow more grass or he can grow more weeds. “Whatever is there will grow,” Wallace says. Unless suppressed, weeds always seem to get a jump on the grass. So, not wanting to waste fertility, he’s made weed control a priority.
“My cows won’t eat a weed, and I’m not a goat farmer. I make more money when my cows have good forage,” Wallace says.
Spray more, mow less
“My daddy probably bush hogged three times a year. But I learned I could control my pastures better and produce more forage with spraying than with a bush hog,” he continues.
A rotary mower is handy to have when you start work on a pasture, Wallace says. But now he seldom hooks up to either of the two he owns.
“I saw how easy it was to spray and the time it afforded me to do other things. I can spray that quick,” he says, snapping his fingers. “It depends on how you value your time.”
When his time is really tight, Wallace has had his herbicide custom-applied by his supplier, Agri-AFC in Hattiesburg, MS.