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Pasture Grass Opinions
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Danny in CO    Posted 02-12-2002 at 08:42:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 9 acres pasture with native grass that is kind of sparse. About 1 arce of the pasture is a small pond. I would like to disk up the pasture and plant some grass that will do better and provide better feed for the horses. I live in Colorado at about 7300 ft elavation. It is very arid, about 15 inches of precitation a year (mostly in the winter). Does anyone have opinions as to what would be the best grass to plant?

Thanks,
Danny


Arne    Posted 02-18-2002 at 13:37:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are planting for horses, make yourself aware of fescue, endophite resistant fescue and fescue toxicity to PG mares.

Arne


Jim(MO)    Posted 02-13-2002 at 10:14:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Danny, have you tried rejuvenating your native grasses? Soil disturbance, controlled burn, etc. Theres a reason they are "native". Over time they have adapted to the climate better than other's but occasionaly need a helping hand.

Just a thought,
Jim


Dave    Posted 02-12-2002 at 16:32:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We live by Elizabeth CO at about 6700 feet. The winter before this I plowed, disced and planted the dry land pasture mix that is at all the feed stores on 1/4 acre, and Brome on the other 1/4 acre just for a test. I had all the same questions and could get no solid answers from the county extension agent. I sent a soil sample out to be tested and fertilized as recommended. The dry land mix well out did the Brome for year around coverage. The mix had anual Rye for quick coverage (I now wish I would have planted oats for a cover crop) and the Brome kicked in late spring. When things got dry in July something else kicked in. The Brome just went brown when it got dry out.
I dont know where you are, but plowing this brick I have for a pasture was one heck of a job! Couldnt use anything but a 1 bottom moldboard behind the old Ferguson, and disced the 3'square blocks to fairly smooth. The clay holds the water well if you can get it to go in. Discing and seeding previous years did no good at all as the rain and snow melt just ran off. I was told to try subsoiling rather than plowing, but it would have taken a D-8 CAT to do that job! Around about the first part of July I was mowing the test patch once a week. You should figure not putting the horses out for at least one season, but I gave up and let them mow it. Grew fast enough that they went out every weekend for about 8 hrs a day and still left it about 4-5" long.
Good luck, Dave


Danny in CO    Posted 02-13-2002 at 09:00:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dave,

Thanks for the info. I live just west and south of you between I25 and Hwy 83 along the Palmer Divide. I'll try the dry land pasture mix and see how it works.

Thanks again,
Danny


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