If you have a pasture — be it large acreage for cattle or a small pasture for a horse or two — more than likely you have weeds. One definition of a weed is a plant out of place. But when it comes to controlling weeds, there’s no simple answer.
Weeds reduce forage quality, and some weeds can be toxic to livestock. Healthy pastures with good grass cover will have fewer weed problems. Poorly fertilized overgrazed pastures are an open invitation for weeds. Managing weeds can be costly, so your best defense is to invest in fertilizer and soil pH adjustment if needed before weeds become a problem. Rotating your pasture and providing supplemental hay are also important in maintaining pasture quality.
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