Perennial Grass Irrigated Pasture

 
Perennial Grass Irrigated Pasture

With a strong demand for pasture and low grain prices, there has been a renewed interest in the use of irrigated pasture. There are a number of different annual and perennial forage species that could be used.

Annuals do allow for flexibility in terms of crop rotations and the length of time between seeding and grazing can be relatively short. However, the expense of planting a cool- and warm-season annual in a double-crop strategy can be significant.

Once established, irrigated perennial grasses will have consistent production for multiple years. Cool- or warm-season perennial grasses could be used, but cool-season grasses generally have the advantage because of their longer growing period, quicker establishment time, persistence under grazing, and response to irrigation and fertilizer.

Other important planning and management considerations for irrigated pasture include determining how the pasture will be used and fit into your overall operation and the site selection and previous cropping history of the field. Additionally, plans are needed for livestock fence and water development as well as irrigation, fertilizer, and grazing management plans.

A series of webinars has been developed to help answer many of these questions.

Several extension publications pertaining to irrigated pasture are available.

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Back to news


 

Comments

 
Spell Check

No comments have been posted to this News Article

Corn College TV Education Series

2014_Team_Shot_with_Logo

Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!

Markets

Market Data provided by QTInfo.com
Brought to you by Beyer
Close