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Converting farmland into pasture?

Hello! Just purchased 70 acres of farmland and looking to turn the land into grass pasture. We're in southwest Michigan where the soil is mostly clay and loam. Corn was the last crop to grow there.

 

Looking for rough expected costs and completion timelines. 

 

Many thanks!

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Re: Converting farmland into pasture?

I would say about 30lbs of a Brome/Fescue mix, about $60-$75/acre.  I`d say soil test, grasses like phosphorus.  Maybe throw in a legume, kind of funny in hay ground the grass runs out of gas in a hot dry summer but alfalfa with the long roots keeps growing and fixes a little natural nitrogen.  Probably try and seed it before the end of the month or put in some oats or rye temporary and seed the permanent pasture in August.

 

Here`s a resource site.

 

http://www.alseed.com/

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Re: Converting farmland into pasture?

Thanks so much! Very helpful. Do you have an idea of the costs associated with hiring a farmer to do the work for us? 

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Re: Converting farmland into pasture?

That`s hard to say, if it`s in cornstalks maybe it has to be disced before drilling or seeded with a spinner.  Maybe a no-til drill for about $20/acre?  Then maybe have it rolled for $2/acre?   You could spend as much as $40 or as low as $20.  Then hire it mowed or chopped a couple times during the summer for weed control, maybe $10 each time?  Good Luck.   Smiley Happy

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