Converting Row Crops to Perennial Pasture

Converting Row Crops to Perennial Pasture

Zach KnutsonFriday, July 28 | 3-5 p.m.

Hosts: Zach Knutson & Brooke Calaway

Knutson Shorthorns

Address: 46998 170th Ave. | Zumbrota, MN 55992


Zach Knutson farms near Zumbrota, Minnesota, where he has been converting row crop ground to perennial pastures one field at a time. He currently raises 30 cow-calf pairs and 14 ewes and their lambs, both of which he rotationally grazes on hay and grass pastures. He has used continuous cover crops like sorghum-sudangrass and winter cereal rye to transition ground from row crops to perennial pasture. During this whole-farm transition, he’s evaluating forage quality and soil properties in each field.

Dinner will follow the field day.

Sponsored by: 

  • Albert Lea Seed
  • Goodhue Co Soil and Water

See & Discuss:

  • Converting row crops to perennial pasture
  • Alfalfa and grass mixes for grazing and hay
  • Rotational grazing with cattle on perennial pasture
  • Continuous cover crops for transitioning how land is used
  • Forage quality and soil testing data