Pasture Management Tips
As spring arrives across the Southern and Central Plains, so does the presence of “weeds” in pastures. A “weed” can be defined as any species of plant that is undesirable for pasture health or animal consumption and production. Research by Texas A&M University has observed two to five pounds of forage loss in pastures for every one pound of weed production for most common weed species. In addition, most weeds contain higher concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium as compared to the grass forage species they are competing with. Therefore, as weed populations in pastures increase, the carrying capacity of that land is reduced due to reduced grazeable forage dry matter production and reduced forage nutrient content.