Pastures play a major role in agricultural enterprises through animal production, improvements to crop rotations and conserved fodder. There are many pasture species available when aiming to establish full pasture potential. Which species or combination of species is right for the situation depends on the environment and the intended use for the pasture.
Specific considerations for pasture
Pastures require a balanced supply of phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sulphur (S) and calcium (Ca) to deliver optimal growth. Pastures growth can be stimulated with applications of nitrogen at appropriate times; while micronutrients, such as magnesium, copper and zinc, play a key role in pasture quality and animal health.
Soil structure is key to improving infiltration and water holding capacity which deliver improved growth and tolerance to dry and wet conditions. Key to this is the sequestering of carbon. The natural way to achieve this is to support growth through the supply of nutrition and then sequestering carbon through root shed from grazing or when harvesting forage.