Pasture management starts with understanding your water table

The pasture needs enough attention to support your cow herd, and it starts with understanding your water table.

According to Hugh Aljoe, with the Noble Research Institute: “Our season begins actually when the water begins to recharge in our soils, and that begins in October at the end of the growing season. By the time we get to spring, we should have a certain amount of precipitation that has actually accumulated in the soil... if we track it through the spring season, then we can have a better understanding of how we need to adjust stocking rates if necessary.”

“Take half, leave half” is a good rule of thumb, but you have to monitor and record that to help grazing thresholds. Doing something simple is better than doing nothing when it comes to pasture management.

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