Productivity of low-yielding forage stands can be improved through interseeding.  Interseeding a legume into a grass stand, for example, can increase yields, improve forage quality, and reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizer.  Introducing a productive grass into a thin, unproductive grass stand can also help improve yields.

Depending on moisture, a late-summer seeding in mid-August can yield good results.  Closely graze the pasture to reduce competition beforehand, as seeding into a more open stand will increase your chances of succes.

For more information,  check out this factsheet on improving pasture and hayfields by no-till interseeding!

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Rosalie Gillis-Madden

On-Farm Climate Action Fund Technical Project Manager