Join eOrganic for the third webinar in a series about organic pastures by Mike Peel of the USDA ARS Forage and Range Research Lab in Utah! The webinar takes place on March 19 at 11AM Eastern Time, 12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.
success of any grazing based operation depends on pasture productivity
and forage nutritive value. Results from research projects conducted by
USDA-ARS and Utah State University researchers will be presented
demonstrating the increase in productivity and forage nutritive value
from pastures that include forage legumes when compared to cool season
grass monocultures. It will be shown that the increased productivity can
equal that of a grass monocultured fertilized at a high level, and that
the forage nutritive value of these grass-legume mixed pasture exceeds
that of grass monocultures. This is particularly significant for
organic based grazing operations where commercial fertilizer cannot be
used. Forage legumes that offer potential for irrigated pastures include
alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, trifolium’s, and cicer milkvetch.
Invariably the question is asked, “How can a legume be successfully
introduced into my grass monoculture pasture to realize their benefits?”
Additional results will be presented demonstrating that inter-seeding a
legume into an established pasture can be successful when cool-season
grasses are in their “summer slump” and the least competitive. Funding for this webinar is being provided by USDA NIFA OREI and Western SARE.
The first 2 webinars in this series are on the eOrganic YouTube channel:
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