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Range pitting and reseeding

Technique used to restore degraded rangelands (steppe areas). Small shallow ‘pits’ are scooped out by the action of inclined metal disks (similar to the disks of a disk plough). A seed hopper mounted on the top releases small quantities of range-plant seeds into the pits and an attached light harrow covers the seeds with a thin layer of loose topsoil. For optimal reestablishment of vegetation, grazing should be controlled during the initial establishment phase.

Land use type
Grazing land
Technology group
Vegetation management
Type of land degradation addressed
Soil erosion by wind
Water degradation
Range pitting and reseeding