Keeping It Green


Keeping It Green" belongs on the grass farmers’ bookshelf. It’s succinct, practical, and dedicated precisely to irrigation. We can all be thankful Jim put his years of personal and consulting experience down on paper.”—Joel Salatin, Farmer and author

Covers all types of irrigation – flood, solid set, hand lines, wheel line systems, line pod – with pros and cons of each. Illustrations detail cell designs and grazing with irrigation. Includes economics to determine best value and fit for your livestock class.

Keeping it Green was written for both the beginning irrigator as well as those who have spent their farming or ranching lifetime in an irrigated environment.

SKU 7789. Copyright 2023, Softcover, 90 pages.

About the Author:

Jim Gerrish grew up on a grain and alfalfa hay farm in south-central Illinois. He spent over 22 years conducting beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri. With over 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm in northern Missouri, he also has one foot solidly planted in commercial livestock production.

His research at the University of Missouri-Forage Systems Research Center encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provided the foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.

Today, with his wife, Dawn, he contract grazes a commercial cow-calf operation on 260 irrigated acres in Idaho. He has received awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, USDA-NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and others. He is also an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the USA and internationally.

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