Not all good quality land lasts forever, which means farmers need to know the best land rejuvenation practices.
land rejuvenation is the practice of revitalizing hay and pasture land that is not performing well for a producer.
The process can vary widely depending on the area it is performed on, including the cost and labor required to do it
Rangeland management extension specialist Kerry Cochrane explains what land rejuvenation seeks to achieve.
“Rejuvenation is really any treatment applied to an existing forage stand, with the aim of increasing the productivity of the land for livestock grazing or hay production. Rejuvenation is usually done when the forage species begin to decline and the the species are replaced by undesirable or less productive forage species, or weedy and woody vegetation to the point that the land no longer meets the forage production needs of that producer.
These may include clearing and reseeding, sod seeding or overseeding, fertilization, winter grazing and general pasture management.
All of these have different costs and reasons, and knowing which one is needed is key to rejuvenating the land.
“I think it’s important to know first that to determine if a rejuvenation option is right for you, you must first assess the condition of your pasture or hay land to determine if rejuvenation is needed and if it is,” said Cochrane, “Which options are best suited to your management goals. Some rejuvenation options are more expensive and labor intensive than others.”
If you have any questions, multiple resources are available for farmers looking to make the right choice.
“There are a number of online resources, like the Department of Agriculture website, or you can contact one of the range management extension specialists like me,” Cochrane said, “to Guide you through the available options that will work for your operation.Another thing to remember is that if you are considering reseeding options, contact your seed supplier as soon as possible as there may be delays or supply shortages .