Tennessee After soil testing, adjusting the pH,
Rotational grazing is good because it gives the grass
time to grow with no pressure, which helps the grass
remain nutritious. We are in the process of putting up
our fence for rotational grazing. We put cows in the
pasture at the end of October. We have been cleaning
up the fi elds to get ready for rotational grazing. We hope
the cross fence will be ready by the end of May this year,
and when it’s ready we’ll move the cows and calves to
the front pasture.
Controlling weeds in your pasture is a
Kolton Humerick, Age 16,
work on a 200 acre farm in middle Tennessee, and
roughly 135 acres is grass. My family has owned
the farm for about a year. It is essential to have
fertile ground to grow good grass, like fescue and
rye, for your livestock. If you have all crabgrass
and orchard grass, then it will all go dormant in
the winter. We spread our fi elds with a harrow to knock
down and spread the manure, which is a good fertilizer.
getting the right fertilizer applied, plus
getting some good spring rain, Kolton is
seeing more growth and better looking
grass this spring compared to last spring.
ALHOVIC / SHUTTERSTOCK
We measure how acidic or how alkaline something is (not just soil) by testing for pH,
which stands for the power of Hydrogen. Most pasture grasses do well in a more acidic
soil with a pH of 5.5, but legumes (like alfalfa and clover) prefer a soil with a pH of 6 or
7. Working with your local County Extension Offi ce will help you put together a plan to
make any soil pH adjustments that may be needed, deal with any weed control, plus get
the right fertilizer mix based on your soil tests, so your pasture and cows will be happy!
8 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2019