The Hamilton™ is a blend of cool season grasses and alfalfa designed for areas of high salinity and pH. The grasses in The Hamilton are extremely salt tolerant and our SalinityMax alfalfa has proven to handle these conditions as well. We have worked with producers facing saline issues for years and the best solution to these areas is to get perennial vegetation back on those soils. Grasses and alfalfa will establish root systems to help water infiltration and their perennial growth will cycle excess salts which over time can improve the quality of soil. The Hamilton is suitable for grazing or haying and performs well in otherwise unproductive areas.
Seeding Rate: 15 lbs/acre
- Planting Time:
- Early Spring: After hard freezing conditions have ended
- Fall: Allow 4-6 weeks of growth before the first killing frost
- Dormant: Mid-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: 15 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 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.
- 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 making an 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: The Hamilton can be planted with a small grain nurse crop like barley which can also handle saline conditions. Use 1/3 – ½ seeding rates of the nurse crop to avoid over competing with new seedlings.
- Ex. 1 bushel of barley as a nurse crop vs. a full rate of 2 bushels.
- Nurse crops have little benefit to late summer/early fall seedings and are not recommended.
- Cutting newly seeded grass and alfalfa after about 60-75 days of growth will help control weeds and stimulate grasses to tiller, which thickens the stand.
- New seedings should not be grazed much during the first year to allow seedlings to establish. Grazing too early can result in livestock pulling up grass by the roots.
- Keep in mind grass plantings are a long-term project that may take several years to fully establish in tough conditions. One cutting of hay during the first year is a normal and acceptable return.