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Pasture Planting

pasture plantingPasture Planting is used to plant grass and legumes that reduce soil erosion and improve production.

How it helps...

  • Heavy grass cover slows water flow, reducing soil erosion.
  • Good pastures protect water quality by filtering runoff water and increasing filtration.
  • Lush pastures offer wildlife cover and habitat. As plants recycle and roots die, organic matter in the soil is improved.

Benefits

  • Profits
  • Soil Erosion
  • Water Quality
  • Wildlife

Planning

  • Before seeding or inter-seeding, graze closely or clip to expose soil surface to sunlight.
  • Select plant species that will meet the needs of your livestock. Legumes added to grasses will improve forage quality and extend the grazing season.
  • If possible, choose species that require minimal use of pesticides.
  • If only two grass species are selected, use them in equal proportions in the seeding mixture. Do not mix cool and warm season grasses in the same pasture.
  • If erosion is a problem, plan to till on the contour and leave at least 30% residue after planting. A nurse crop of oats might be necessary on steeper slopes or areas where weeds are a problem.
  • The new pasture should not be grazed until vegetation is well established.
Maintenance
  • Fertilize as needed based on soil tests.
  • Mow weeds when they reach a height of 6-8 inches. Control persistent weeds with herbicides.