Pasture Productivity Pail

Measuring Pasture Productivity with a 5-gallon Bucket

Created with SARE support
Rod Greder | 2016

The Pasture Productivity Pail (PPP) is a set of tools that can help you make informed decisions on pasture management and improvement. Developed with support from a SARE grant, it is modeled after and complements the NRCS Soil Health Bucket. The PPP provides additional information on many above-ground factors that influence pasture productivity.

This PPP is mobile, user-friendly, and provides quantifiable measures to use in decision-making.

Everything you need to make your PPP is listed in this handy PPP Materials Guide that includes parts and costs.

“Graziers need reliable, affordable, and easy-to-use tools to be able to document productivity benefits that come from the adoption of intensive grazing methods and to drive evidence-based decisions,” said Rod Greder with the University of Minnesota Extension who spearheaded the development of the PPP. “Many tools, methods, and protocols exist but are costly, complicated and not value-added. We compared these approaches so we could develop and recommend a valuable toolkit for North Central region graziers.”

Usage/Benefits of the PPP

  • Make fact-based decisions about pasture management and improvement.
  • Provides user-friendly tools and instructions to make measurement easier for consultants, educators, and grazers.
  • Translates soil health changes into documented forage productivity benefits.
  • Leads to improved animal productivity that strengthens grazer profitability.
  • Increases sustainability of grass-based systems that protect and enhance soil, water, and wildlife resources.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.