Agronomy

Improve pasture health and productivity with an integrated pasture management plan

cows and horse in pasture

Weeds, brush and trees are detrimental to a healthy and productive pasture. By being proactive, you can increase grass production on the same acres, improve the health of your herd and boost your profits while creating a sustainable grazing resource for the future.

This starts with implementing an integrated pasture management plan that includes techniques such as grazing rotations, herbicide applications, fertility analysis, mechanical brush management and regular pasture health assessments.

A proactive strategy with lasting results

According to the Beef Cattle Research Council, bushes, forbs and shrubs provide habitat for wildlife and can make up over 20 per cent of livestock’s diet on rangelands1.

By using herbicides as part of an integrated pasture management, you can reduce undesirable or invasive weeds, brush and tree encroachment that can alter native ecosystems. This will also help you preserve native grass species and make an overall positive impact on the environment.

“An Integrated Pasture Management Plan is about effectively integrating all tools available to promote healthy, sustainable pastures for current and future generations.”

- Vaughn Leuschen, Regional Account Manager for Northern Alberta & Saskatchewan

A guide to growing better grass

Growing more grass and managing it well is another way to maximize pasture productivity. With increased grass production, you can graze your cattle longer in the fall and turn them out earlier in the spring - subsequently reducing winter feed costs and contributing directly to your bottom line.

Additionally, you will be able to graze more cattle on the same number of acres and higher stocking density will increase competition for feed between cattle, so each animal will spend more time grazing and less time wandering.

More grass also contributes to:

  • Better herd condition
  • Higher weaning weights
  • Less time and fewer equipment costs associated with finding or producing feed
  • Fewer weeds imported in bales of hay
  • Improved ability of pastures to withstand drought
  • Improved grass vigour

Effective and sustainable pasture management

If you’re looking to make a positive change to the health and productivity of your permanent grass pastures, Corteva Agriscience™ Range & Pasture products can help you effectively manage invasive weeds, brush and trees while providing an overall return on investment.

“Our Range & Pasture herbicides have a strong and successful fit in combating invasive weeds, leaving the opportunity for a healthy, diverse environment for native species to flourish,” explains Lisa Jarrett, Regional Account Manager for British Columbia, Corteva Agriscience.

“Integrated use of Restore™ II, Reclaim™ II and Grazon™ XC herbicides in developing a pasture management plan will allow for a quick reset, allowing producers to enhance current management strategies, while reducing overall cost and increasing pasture efficiency,” adds Vaughn Leuschen, Regional Account Manager for Northern Alberta & Saskatchewan, Corteva Agriscience. 

By implementing an integrated pasture management plan through incorporating the use of our tailored Range & Pasture solutions, you will help your pasture reach its full grass production potential, improve your bottom line, enhance the health of your herd and create sustainable grazing resources for the future. 

 

Effective. Reliable. Sustainable Pasture Management Solutions.

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1http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/weed-and-brush-control-in-pastures-15