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Pasture Management Workshop Series: Soil Fertility & Grazing Management
April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join UMass Extension educator Dr. Masoud Hashemi at Doe Valley Farm in Petersham for the first of a two-session series on pasture management.
Well-managed pastures contribute significantly to the sustainability of animal operations and the environment’s quality. However, pasture management begins with the assessment of soil fertility. Testing soil is crucial to greener pastures and is considered the first step in pasture management. A meaningful soil test provides important baseline information and also guidelines for efficient use of lime, fertilizer, manure, and compost.
This first session of a two-session series will focus on assessing soil fertility and grazing management – the manipulation of grazing animals and pasture plants to reach a desired result. Participants will learn how to take soil samples for meaningful results, read the soil test results provided by the testing lab, and interpret the results. Additionally, Dr. Hashemi will cover key topics such as pasture resting period and frequency of animal rotation.
This event will include a 20–30-minute outdoor activity, so please dress appropriately for the weather. These workshops are free and open to the public. The ideal audience is landowners who own pastureland and/or hay fields. Advanced registration is required, as space is limited. Register HERE.