What you do with your pasture(s) this spring may affect how well they perform the rest of the year. Making decisions about what to do and what not to do with a pasture is more difficult than row crops, experts say.

“Pasture management is more complicated than corn and soybean management due to the variability in production capability and management strategies,” says Aaron Saeugling, Iowa State University  (ISU) Extension and Outreach field agronomist.

He adds that when farmers consider spring pasture management, they need to look at soil fertility, weed control, stocking density and plant species.

Consider grazing pressure

One important issue to consider for...