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Transitioning Cropland to Pasture With Cover Crops

By   /  October 24, 2016  /  1 Comment

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you’d like your summer grazing to be like. Check out this video showing summer annual cover crops in action.

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Tim Tobin of Swallow Hill Farm in Woodford, Virginia is following the advice of the Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District to use summer annual cover crops as a tool for transitioning formerly cropped lands to pasture. The 7 species mix he used is good forage for his cattle and he’s found it to be a tremendous benefit to his operation.

Typically most of his pastures go dormant in the heat of summer and sometimes he’s even had to feed hay. But with the huge production of summer annuals, he’s been able to graze the annuals while resting his perennial pastures. In this video he describes the different mixes he’ll be using on different parts of the farm. He was going to turn 25 acres into perennial pastures but has decided to make that 10 acres so that he can continue with the summer annuals.

Enjoy this trip to Virginia…and sorry about all the crickets in the sound track. They were pretty enthusiastic about their part in the video!

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

1 Comment

  1. Aaron says:

    What are the seven species in the cover crop mix? The video never mentions that.

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