Assessing chronology of soil nutrient status in pastures across a topographic gradient
Farmer: Andy Macdonald
Farm: Highland Farm
Publish Date: August 11, 2021
Article Type: Research Project
Research Priorities: Pasture Regeneration
To help him optimize pasture growth, Andy assessed soil nutrient status from the top slope, side slope and bottom slope of a 50–year old pasture and a hay field that he will start grazing in 2021.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Organic matter was higher in the older pasture but did not change significantly with topography.
- Potassium, phosphorus and iron were also higher in the old pasture and potassium was higher on the top slope. Andy observed variations in manganese and copper for reasons that are unknown.
- Andy’s observations of better soil health at the top of the hills weren’t supported by the basic assessment of soil nutrient status used in this study.