I am currently renovating about 20 acres of pasture in the Lacomb area. We have foothill bottom-land soils. Tall Fescue and Orchard grass dominate where blackberries have not invaded the meadows. We'd like to have our grass tested for edophyte toxin. Where do we take samples for testing? Also we'd like to get some recommendations for over-seeding to improve the forage for cattle, sheep, poultry and wildlife. Who is the right person to talk to about this? The property is new to us; we've owned it about a year. thank you. Eric C.
Linn County Oregon pasture management
Thank you for reaching out to Extension. Looks like there are two parts to your question.
1) Endophyte Testing - You will want to contact our OSU Endophyte Service Lab to discuss your situation and how/when to test:
2) As for your pasture management question, please review the following resources on our Pasture Management Page and if you have any follow up questions you can contact Melissa Fery in our Small Farms Team - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will be offering a workshop series in October called Living on the Land geared towards small livestock farm owners. For more information see http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events