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The Value of Leaving Some Forage in Pasture

“Waste not, Want Not,” right?  It’s what we learned when we were kids, and we’ve probably used it to our advantage in lots of cases.  But when it comes to forage in pasture, we may want to look at this old adage in a different way.  If you take all your forage, because you don’t want to waste it, what you’re actually wasting is all the rain that falls on your pasture.

In this NRCS Science of Soil Health video, JB Daniel points out that the single greatest threat to annual forage production is a lack of soil moisture.  Then he uses a rainfall simulator and two pasture samples, one from a continuously grazed pasture and one from a well managed pasture to show how well-managed pasture helps hold water in the soil.  Keeping this video in mind will help you when you’re someone tells “But you’ve wasted all that grass!”

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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