Establishing Legumes in Cool Season Grass Pastures

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1995: $1,175.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1995
Region: North Central
State: Nebraska
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  • Agronomic: clovers, medics/alfalfa, peas (field, cowpeas)


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, feed management, rangeland/pasture management


    Legume components in grass pastures not only enhance carrying capacity and animal performance, but also reduce or eliminate commercial nitrogen applications.

    Objectives: 1) To find the most effective means of establishign legumes in existing grass pstures, and 2) to examine various legumes for quality and quantity of forage production.

    Results: Initial results of drilling and frostseeding grazing alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, red clover and lespedeza were less than expected. However, enough seedlings were found to offer encouragement. Project was extended one year for further evaluation.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.