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Brookings Office Phone:605-697-6306 or 605-627-1901

Rapid City Office Phone:605-646-4225

Toll Free:888-498-7333

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CONSERVATION FAQ

Spring: Both warm and cool season grasses can be planted at this time.
  At a minimum, soil temp should be 50 degrees.
Late Summer to Early Fall: Only cool season grasses can be planted at this time.
Dormant: Both warm and cool season grasses can be planted at this time.
    Soil temps need to be at or below 40 degrees.

No deeper than 1⁄2”. You would rather be too shallow than too deep.
At least 20-40 seeds/sq ft depending on your location, growing conditions and goals.

If you only have grasses in your mix, you can use Plateau® pre-emerge and any common broadleaf control herbicide post-emerge like 2,4-D, Milestone®, GrazonNext®, etc. (once grasses reach a 3-4 leaf stage). If you add flowers to your mix, you have to select flowers that are either Plateau® or Milestone® tolerant.

Using a drill capable of seeding native grasses is preferred because you ensure better seed placement. You also can broadcast and drag in. If you broadcast the seed, use a seeding rate at least 50% higher than the drilling rate.

Pheasant
Winter Cover: A mixture of at least 8 native grasses that is predominantly Big Bluestem, Indiangrass and Switchgrass.
Nesting Cover: A mixture of both grasses (predominantly cool-season) and flowers.  There should be at least 15 species in the mix, with half being flowers.  Flowers should make up at least 25% of mix by population. You can also create a Dense Nesting Cover (DNC) by mixing wheatgrasses, alfalfa and sweetclover.

Deer
Bedding Cover: A mixture of Big Bluestem, Indiangrass and Switchgrass, with the mix predominantly being Switchgrass.