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Shepherd note: May 11, 2016 by Byron Palmer

This is more a general note about the season. We are currently early may and much of the grass in the lower foothills and flats around Sonoma mountain has gone to seed and is turning brown. However the forage on Mitsui with our earlier start this year has kept the grass in an earlier state of phenology is seems. While most of the grass on Mitsui has gone reproductive it is still very green for the most part. Overall Mitsui came a maybe 6 weeks later then rest of the lowland area. I wonder if that has to do with climate solely or our early graze date in December?