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Renovation should be a last resort. When pastures are mismanaged, soil compaction and weed infestations are a result. The initial choice is often to work up the soil and renovate the pasture with desirable forage species. However, unless the pasture management plan changes for the better, landowners typically end up with the same problems in just a few, short years. Give some thought to an overall management plan, before investing the time, money and energy in renovation.
Pasture and hayland renovation is a tricky business. Proper weed and nutrient management, seedbed preparation, and seed selection are important prior to the actual planting date. This renovation guide reviews the decisions that need to be made for a successful planting project.
Selecting the proper grass species that fit the property's soil type is one important step in determining a renovation plan. Here are publications that include recommended seeding rates of primary forage grasses in Oregon.
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Additional information about forage species, characteristics and yield trial data is available on the Forage Information System website.