So Sirius, the Dog Star, has aligned with the sun and we find ourselves in the familiar dog days of summer. Hot, dry and dusty with grasses sending roots down as deep as possible for some moisture to cool their blades in the hope of staying green until the cooler weather and fall rains come. It happens every year but it almost always surprises with its intensity. Everybody is hunkered down in the nearest shade. Don’t even move between 10 a.m and 6:30 p.m. Welcome to Texas! (But since this opening paragraph was written, the heavens opened up, so read on.)
This is the time of year when we allow the cattle and the pigs to graze their pasture down fully because our next step is to begin planting our winter pasture in late September-early October. When they nip it close to the ground, we get immediate winter seed/soil contact which enhances germination. But, there is always a “but”. If we get heavy rain in September as we sometimes do, summer grasses will re-sprout and we delay the winter pasture start time. It’s a win/win situation either way.