How can I get rid of the cheat grass that has invaded the bare spots in my pastures?
Answer: Cheat grass is an annual and it spreads by seeding. Grazing animals will eat it in the vegetative state, but they generally avoid it when it heads out. Thus, you can graze it out by grazing it in the vegetative phase of its growth. This is usually very early in the spring.You can also arrest its invasion of bare spots in your pastures by hand seeding some grass and clovers in those bare spots. When you are in a drought, clovers and alfalfa are nice to have in your pasture because they have deeper roots than grass, enabling them to withstand dry conditions and keep the cheat grass from invading.Another nice legume is Sanfoin. You can get the seed online. It is non-bloating, which is a tremendous quality. It is also drought hardy. I recommend that you give it a try. If you are interested, you can find more about how to manage an irrigated pasture by viewing the ATTRA video, “Intensive Grazing: One Farm’s Setup.” It is available at: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDu0ElBiEy9w4vhL87vWjzCtyazcvPYGx. Perhaps you will find some good tips for your operation in it.You can find lots more information on topics related to pasture in ATTRA’s Livestock and Pasture section at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/livestock/.