Pasture Renovation

The intended changes are designed to improve the species composition or to increase the population of a selected species in the pasture. Successful pasture renovation can extend the productive life of a pasture, improve pasture quality, increase pasture carrying capacity, and/or replace old or diseased pasture species with healthy improved varieties. The renovation of pasture or hay fields must be carefully planned well ahead of the target planting date to ensure successful renovation. With this in mind, several questions should be answered before proceeding with renovation. These questions include the following:
  • What are my current fertility levels?
  • Does my pasture need total or partial renovation?
  • Which legume or grass species and varieties should I use?
  • What renovation technique is best?
  • When should I renovate?