– Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Wayne County
As a result of last summer’s drought, I am getting questions about pasture and hayfield renovation. What can be done to thicken up forage stands that have been thinned out?
The first step is to evaluate the forage stand to determine renovation options. Use a one-foot square as a tool to help quantify the stand density. Take 10 to 15 random one-foot square samples per hayfield or pasture to provide an estimate of the average stand condition. If the stand is a grass or grass legume pasture or hayfield evaluate the stand based on the percentage of bare or open soil plus the presence of legumes if the stand is a mixed grass/legume stand. There should be less than 10% open or bare soil. There should be 2 Continue reading