The Stockman is a top performing Alfalfa/Grass mixture with huge popularity among hay and livestock producers. We blend our highest yielding alfalfa – Final Answer – with late maturing orchardgrass and endophyte free tall forage fescue. These two grasses offer high forage yield and quality that pairs well with alfalfa. Using racehorse varieties of these grasses ensures that the hay produced throughout multiple cuttings will maintain a consistent alfalfa to grass ratio. Alfalfa/grass mixtures will have a longer stand life than straight alfalfa and will face less pressure from disease and pests. Dry down time is reduced by having grass in the mixture, which may be the biggest benefit to producers in higher rainfall regions. We made this blend because it’s how we feed our own livestock and we are confident that it has a place on your operation as well.
Seeding Rate: 15-20 lbs/acre
|Final Answer Alfalfa||60%|
|Tall Forage Fescue||20%|
- Planting Time:
- Early Spring: After hard freezing conditions have ended
- Late Summer/Early Fall: Allow 4-6 weeks of growth before the first hard frost
- Seeding Rate: 15-20 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: ½”
- Seed should be drilled into a firm seedbed or broadcasted and packed.
- The Stockman requires about 15 lbs of P2O5, 50 lbs of K2O, and 5 lbs of S per ton of forage.
- Make fertilizer applications based on expected yield and soil fertility levels.
- If soil fertility levels are low, applying 25-30 lbs/acre of nitrogen at planting will help increase stand establishment.
- Do not exceed a total of 10 lbs/acre of N+K if fertilizer is placed in-furrow at planting.
- 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 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 the seed.
- Nurse Crops: Spring seeded alfalfa/grass mixtures can be planted with a small grain nurse crop such as oats, barley, or spring triticale. Use 1/3 – ½ seeding rates of the nurse crop to avoid over competing with new seedlings. Ex. 1 bushel of oats as a nurse crop vs. a full rate of 3 bushels.
- Nurse crops have little benefit to late summer/early fall seedings and are not recommended.
- Harvest intervals on The Stockman will be similar to what you would see with straight alfalfa. Plan harvest management as if you are cutting alfalfa only and the grass will keep up.
- Allow 3-4 weeks from the time of the last cutting until the average first frost date to allow alfalfa to regenerate reserves needed to survive winter and perform well the following year.