Experts at VirginiaTechUniversity are working on a free computer program to help you compare different strategies to manage your land and livestock before ever driving a fencepost.

The goal of the Pastureland Management System is to seasonally balance forage produced on farm. For instance, users can explore intensive grazing, manipulate stocking rates, or modify forage species to improve productivity and profit, without actually investing real time and money. The program will also help users estimate the environmental consequences of alternative plans — from soil erosion effects to influences on greenhouse-gas emissions.