Reseeding a hay field

Asked February 8, 2019, 7:03 PM EST

I have a poorly performing hay field that I want to turn under and reseed. Too many weeds and poor grasses have taken over. I was thinking about starting with moldboard plowing it under but don't know what to do after that. Any suggestions? Also, where can I get the soil tested?

Marion County Oregon pastures and forages soil testing pasture management

1 Response

Hello,

Please take a look at Renovating Pastures and Hay Fields in western OR & WA. There are several methods of planting for several methods of field preparation. Make sure you are matching up your forage species with the soil type and conditions at your specific site. see https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2079/2015/06/Pasture-and-Hayland-Renovation-for-Western-Washington-and-Oregon-WSU.pdf.

Many times poor performance is due primarily to acid conditions (low pH) and low fertility in the soil. Before you get too far into your renovation, borrow a soil probe from your local Extension Office https://extension.oregonstate.edu/marion or Farm Store service center. Follow the soil sampling guide https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec628 and Nutrient Management Guides https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9224 from Oregon state University Extension Service.

If you have any questions on these publications, email shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu or 541-236-3016