Old 03-05-2013, 10:49 PM
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Forage grasses for horse pasture

Can anyone recommend an informational source for renovation/ seeding appropriate forage material for horse pastures. Long story short- client has neglected existing 3 acre pasture for numerous years. Now wants to improve forage for horses/ llamas/ goats.
Is liquid/ granular weed control feasable (pre/ post emergents)? Is underground irrigation needed? Soil tests? Sowing seed in the spring?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:13 AM
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Forage grasses for horse pasture

I would highly recommend a soil test, being that its been in pasture for many years the soil might be a bit exhausted. That depends on how hard it was grazed or mowed for hay. I would start from new, spraying the pasture dead and working the ground then sew in a new stand. What area are you from?
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:16 AM
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I'm in transition zone 7/8.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:27 AM
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I don't know anything about horses and their forage. I have heard that you must avoid types of tall fescue that have endophytes included, as such varieties sicken horses, although they are insect resistanct.
Pickseed has some good endophyte-free forage grass tall fescue varieties.
They also have a good intermediate rye.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:34 AM
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The biggest problem with pasture is compaction from the thousands of footfalls year after year... workup 1/3 of the pasture and reseed with real pasture grass... up here it is AR and Brome grass for quick and vibrant pasture... rotate into 3 sub-pastures and the animals will be a lot healthier and so will the fodder...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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