Premium Dryland Pasture Mix
Our Premium Dryland Pasture Mix is a blend of high yielding, high-quality forage grasses and grazing alfalfa for top performance on dryland. It provides extremely drought hardy and long-lasting production for pasture or haying in the challenging conditions of western states.
Seeding Rate: 10-12 lbs/acre
- Planting Time:
- Early Spring: After hard freezing conditions have ended.
- Late Summer/Early Fall: Allow 3-4 weeks of growth before the first killing frost
- Dormant: Mid to late fall when temperatures are cold enough that seed will not germinate until the following spring. Soil temperature of 50 degrees or less.
- Seeding Rate: 10-12 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: ¼” – ½”
- Seed should be drilled into a firm seedbed or broadcasted and packed
- If soil fertility levels are low, consider applying 25-50 lbs/acre of nitrogen when the crop reaches late-tillering to enhance establishment and first-year growth.
- If reduced crop growth is experienced after continuous grazing and/or harvesting, consider applying fertilizer or manure with rates based on expected yield goals and soil fertility levels.
- 1 ton of pasture forage requires approximately 45 lbs of N, 15 lbs of P2O5, 50 lbs of K2O, and 5 lbs of S.
- Plant into a clean, weed-free seed bed
- If weeds are present at planting, consider applying Glyphosate @ 32 oz/acre before or after planting but before crop emergence to control existing weeds.
- If heavy weed pressure is present after crop emergence, mow weeds to the height of the crop until the weed pressure subsides.
*Always read and follow label instructions before application.
Disclaimer: All products and rates were provided by university-based sources and product labels. Always follow label instructions and consult your local chemical dealer and seed dealer before making any applications or planting of seed.
- Nurse Crops: Spring seeded grass can be planted with a small grain nurse crop such as oats, barley, or spring triticale. Nurse crops are not necessary and may take moisture away from grass seedlings in dry conditions.
- Nurse crops have little benefit to late summer/early fall seedings and are not recommended.
- Cutting newly seeded grass after about 60-75 days of growth will help control weeds and stimulate grasses to tiller, which thickens the stand.
- New pasture seedings should not be grazed much during the first year to allow grasses to establish. Grazing too early can result in livestock pulling up grass by the roots.
- Grass plantings are a long-term project that may take several years to fully establish, especially in dryland conditions.