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Take a cutting of hay the first year. This will clip the weeds and let you capture some value in the establishment year. Lightly graze it in the fall if the grass isn’t stressed and graze it the following year.
Cool season grasses can be planted as soon as the field is fit in the spring. For warm season grasses, wait until mid-May or the soil temperature is near 60 degrees F.
A successful pasture contains numerous grasses that will thrive with different maturities and growing conditions. Understand your soil types before selecting which grasses and know how you want to use the pasture. Tame cool season grasses will provide the most yield and highest quality diet with ample moisture and fertility. Warm season natives are the hardiest and most reliable when conditions become harsh.

Calibrate your drill using the drill’s directions. For a mix, look at your seed tag. Find the species that is the largest percentage by weight in the mix. For example, in our #3 Hay & Pasture MixTM, STF 43 is 25% of the mix. Find fescue on your drill calibration guide and use that setting. For custom mixes, the seeding rate (pounds/ acre) can be found in the upper right section of the seed label. Use that number for your calibration setting. This may not be perfect, but it’s a great place to start the calibration process. Monitor actual seed usage to fine tune your setting.