Swathing organic hay on Minnesota farm. Photo courtesy of USDA ARS.
Pasture and hay planting involves establishing or re-establishing long-term stands of native or introduced grasses/legumes for livestock forage. Well established pasture or hayland provides multiple soil and water conservation benefits.
Pasture/hay stands are often included in conservation crop rotations and stripcropping rotations.
Pasture/hay planting can be compatible with grass-based conservation buffers such as contour buffer strips and grass filter strips.
Other related practices include rotational grazing, cover crops, grass planting, grassland management and invasive species control.
Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District