Register for free online or by phone before July 24

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Center for Native Grasslands Management is hosting a Twilight Forage Tour on July 30 near Knoxville. The tour, which will be held at UT East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center’s Blount Unit, will feature tips on using native grasses such as eastern gamagrass, big bluestem, and switchgrass in a livestock forage program. The production of sudex and an update on the UT Beef and Forage Center will also be featured.
Pat Keyser, director of the UT Center for Native Grasslands Management and coordinator for the event, says those attending will learn first-hand about our native grasses and just how well they can perform for livestock.
Keyser says the drought-tolerant native grasses are long-lasting, warm-season perennials and can produce high yields of hay and excellent animal performance when grazed during the summer. “Yields can measure from 4 to 6 tons per acre and steers can gain an average 1.1 to 2.6 pounds daily when grazing these grasses,” he said.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. EDT and include a sponsored supper. After a brief presentation, the group will tour the research center’s native grass pastures with the researchers, extension specialists, and the center staff managing the grazing projects.
There is no cost for the tour, but you must register by Wednesday, July 24, in order to attend.

To register, please go online to, and click on the link for “Forage Tours” on the home page. You may also register by e-mailing your name, affiliation (producer, business or agency name), and contact information (mailing address, phone, and if available, e-mail address) to Kim Lane ( or by calling 865-974-7201 and providing that same information. You may register multiple individuals, but please provide the requested information for each person.
The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Blount Unit is located at 4341 UT Farm Road, in Louisville, Tenn., at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy) and Singleton Station Road. Directions are available online at Please call 865-974-7201 to request an accommodation for accessibility.

The UT Center for Grasslands Management is a program of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries in the UT Institute of Agriculture. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Dr. Pat Keyser, UT Center for Grasslands Management, 865-974-0644,