Virginia Forage and Grassland Council
Native Warm Season Grass Tour
Farm and Tour Description:
The 2013 Shenandoah Valley Summer Forage Tour will visit two local farms in Augusta
County and highlight how they successfully established and managed native warm season grasses
to benefit their overall farming operations.
Buck Hill Farm is located in Augusta County in the Mt. Solon community. Buck Hill Farm is
a family owned beef cattle operation operated by Mr. David Horn. In addition to farming, Mr.
Horn’s passion for hunting and quail led him to plant 6 acres of Big Bluestem in 1998. The success
of this stand and its value to the farm and recreation led him to plant 10 more acres this
This tour will also visit Mr. Charlie Drumheller’s Bellevue Farm in Swoope, VA. Bellevue
Farm has been in the Drumheller family since 1942. Mr. Drumheller is currently developing a
Red Angus herd with his son Bobby while custom grazing a larger herd for 2 other farmers. The
Drumhellers planted switchgrass in 2008 on approximately 11 acres for the primary purpose of
hay and grazing with a secondary purpose for wildlife. Based on the success and benefits to the
Drumhellers farm system, they planted another 18 acres in 2010.
Tour will feature the following topics:
Multiple purposes for planng warm season grasses
Planning for successful establishment of NWSG’s
Controlling weeds and competition during establishment
Managing NWSG’s in a grazing system
Managing NWSG’s for biodiversity and wildlife
Does NWSG hay have a place in the farm operation?
Potential use of NWSG’s in the biofuels industry.
Managing phosphorus in a grazing beef cattle system
9:00 AM -3:00 PM, registration at 9:00 AM, tour starts at 9:30 AM
VFGC Contact For more information about this tour contact Matt Booher at 540‐245‐5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration fee required