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ANS415 Pasture Evaluation

Evaluating PastureDale Miller, Marion County Extension Program Director, Knoxville, IA discussed and demonstrated to students from Equine Systems Management how to evaluate a pasture during laboratory time on Wednesday 4/13.

The discussion included evaluating hay, how to take a hay sample for analysis, how to take a soil sample for analysis and what the soil sample will tell one about nutrients needed to fertilize the soil. Discussion also included evaluating the type of grass or legume in a pasture with most of the samples we looked at were Smooth Brome and Kentucky Blue Grass. Clovers were discussed and their ability to cause horses to slobber. Dale also discussed grazing management utilizing rotational grazing.

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Soil Tests

Soil tests are necessary for assessment to see what and how much fertilizer is required. Soil surveys can be used for general farm, local and wider area planning.

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