A good Ranch Hand™ can do it all and that’s just what this mix will do. There’s been an increase in demand for season-long covers with more diversity. The Ranch Hand is a predominantly warm season mix that is very well suited for grazing. This mix will perform well as a multipurpose blend in the tough conditions of western environments.
Drilled Seeding Rate: 20 lbs/acre
Broadcast Seeding Rate: 25 lbs/acre
- Planting Time: Late Spring – Summer
- Minimum soil temp of 60 degrees is required for the warm season species to germinate
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 20 lbs/acre
- Broadcast Seeding Rate: 25 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: ½”
Fertility + Weed Control
- If grazing is intended and soil fertility levels are low, consider applying 25-50 lbs/acre of nitrogen at planting to increase total biomass production.
- Plant into a clean, weed-free seedbed.
- If weeds are present at planting, consider applying Glyphosate @ 32 oz/acre before or after planting but before crop emergence to control existing weeds.
*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 the seed.
- Ranch Hand can be grazed as soon as there is adequate growth to support livestock. It is best to wait until the sorghum-sudangrass is at least 18-20” tall.
- Regrowth potential on the blend is very good, so multiple grazing passes is an option under good growing conditions.
- Avoid grazing for 5-7 days following a killing frost. The entire mix is then safe to graze for the remainder of the fall and winter.
- All species in the blend will winterkill, so termination is not necessary.
- Some residue will be gained from this blend, but not too much to prevent effective no-tilling. Follow normal tillage plan for the following crops.