Almost nothing beats a homemade blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Especially, after being out in the hot July sun picking wild blackberries on the farm. Many hay fields and pastures across Tennessee have wild blackberries in abundance.

As much as we love our cobbler, wild blackberries are considered a nuisance because they reduce the quality and quantity of forage for cattle. This dominant plant can grow at an astonishing rate that can limit access to water sources and pasture grazing.

Mowing is a Must to Control Wild Blackberries

One step in controlling wild blackberries is by mowing the problematic area. Mowing can be an effective tool in a successful management plan. Follow up is necessary because they are able to regenerate following mowing. Mowing also encourages the growth of grasses for cattle. The best time to start mowing is when the plant starts to produce leaves to when blooms start. With consistent mowing wild blackberries and other brush, you can take control of your farm.

Choosing the correct cutter to mow your pastures can be a challenge. Parman Tractor & Equipment is proud to have salespeople that are farmers and can assist you with your cutter and hay needs.

If you are a member of the Kentucky or Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, you are eligible for a discount on Bush Hog cutters, flex wing cutters, and finishing mowers on any purchase of $5,000 or more. To find the perfect Bush Hog Equipment contact Agriculture Sales, Pamela Bartholomew-Gardner at (615) 972-1008 or pgardner@cltte.com.