Prescribed burning in the spring is an important part of grass management. However, not every rancher burns each pasture every year. Instead, individual ranchers and landowners conduct a survey each spring to decide which pastures will benefit from burning.
Burning has been proven to release nutrients into the ground, which helps revitalize the prairie. It’s also a proven method of brush and weed control. Forage quality and ecosystem health are both dependent on fire. Without fire, woodlands would take over the Flint Hills and the livestock industry would lose a fantastic resource.
For any cattle operation in the Flint Hills, burning is an invaluable and important tool.
Learn more about how controlled burning helps preserve the tallgrass prairie.
Here are some more cool facts about controlled burns:
- Controlled burns help manage weeds and other growth, which actually reduces the risk of wildfires.
- The spring burning season typically runs from early to mid-March through mid-April.
- Burned pastures produce a healthier, lush grass for livestock.
- Cattle grazed on burned grass gain more weight overall than cattle grazed on unburned pasture.