Overgrazing for Pasture Renovation

Overgrazing and high pasture productivity don’t often go hand in hand– unless you’re getting ready to interseed. If done correctly, a simple no-till pasture renovation can be more economical than tillage or conventional establishment. Before no-till seeding into your pasture, it’s best to prepare ahead of time by getting the competition from the existing stand down to a minimum. For a late summer seeding, you will need to focus this summer on repeatedly stressing the existing pasture so it won’t spring back to life just as the new seeding is taking off. Late summer is the best time, since weed competition will be waning. The following spring, the seedlings can take off at green-up time, growing well ahead of summer weeds. Concentrated Grazing Prepare this summer with frequent, intense grazing at high stocking densities, followed by close clipping to even out the stand. A close grazing when it’s hot and dry – close to the time of seeding – is especially useful for shocking the existing stand. Make sure, though, that you have moisture at planting time and that you are seeding at the correct depth. Adjusting the drill to the correct depth involves taking soil type and texture into consideration, as well as weight and down pressure needed to cut through sod to get seed-to-soil contact. Greater stocking densities allow for more uniform consumption and less selectivity. This means enough animals to get the grass down to four inches in 24-48 hours. Keep in mi

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3 thoughts on “Overgrazing for Pasture Renovation

    1. Starting at the 6 minute mark he explains double brush hogging to provide the shock that sets the field back and provides the competition relief his seeds need to get up and running. A very nicely made video.

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