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We got a question from a reader about renovating pasture. So we asked one of our On Pasture authors to share some thoughts.

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Q: We are located in central Missouri and have a small cow calf operation (38 cows). Our pastures ar
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Genevieve provides forage and cover crop research and marketing support for King's AgriSeeds Inc. in Lancaster County, PA. She has also worked on organic vegetable farms and as an intern in agricultural field trials at the Rodale Institute.


  1. Geralyn Devereaux says:

    Farmer Tom Trantham discovered his “12 Aprils” fields got off to the best start by brush-hogging a field twice in a week (first time by accident) no herbicides or roller… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLDKRXPyOh4

  2. Niels Hansen says:

    Dr. Michael Peel of ARS did a study measuring Sainfoin resistance to glyphosate. It slows down, but can recover nicely after being sprayed with up to a quart per acre. This makes is a great pasture renovation plant; plant and re-spray a time or two for a year or two until the fescue is gone; then interseed with the desirable grass of your choice.

    Sainfoin can’t handle grazing in a mix because it is too palatable, so use short duration grazing or cut it for hay.

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