Should I add more legumes to my pasture?
There is something special about legumes that set them apart from other forages. Legumes have the ability to sustain beneficial relationships with soil bacteria. These bacteria convert organic nitrogen (N2) – which is a form of nitrogen that plants cannot utilize – into inorganic nitrogen (NH4+) that plants can use. The bacteria benefits from the nutrients in the legumes’ root system, and the legumes benefit from the release of nitrogen from the bacteria.