Western Horse Pasture Mix
Our Western Horse Pasture Mix is a blend of highly palatable grasses that are still hardy enough to handle dry growing conditions and the close grazing habits of horses.
Seeding Rate: 12-15 lbs/acre
|Forage Kentucky Bluegrass||10%|
- Planting Time:
- Early Spring: After hard freezing conditions have ended
- Late Summer/Early Fall: Allow 3-4 weeks of growth before 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: 12-15 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.
- After the crop is established or at least tillering, the following herbicides can be used for additional weed control:
|Herbicide (active ingredient)||Rate||Notable Weeds Controlled|
|GrazonNext HL (Aminopyralid + 2,4-D)||19-34 oz/a||Thistles, ragweed, goldenrod, dandelion|
|Milestone (Aminopyralid)||5-7 oz/a||Thistles, ragweed, goldenrod|
|Crossbow (2,4-D + Triclopyr)||1-4 qts/a||Thistles, dandelion, kochia|
|Surmount (Picloram + Fluroxypyr)||1.5-4.0 pts/a||Thistles, leafy spurge, kochia, goldenrod, dandelion|
|Overdrive (Dicamba + Diflufenzopyr)||4-8 oz/a||Thistles, ragweed, goldenrod, dandelion, kochia|
|Tordon 22K (Picloram)||1-2 pts/a||Thistles, leafy spurge, goldenrod, dandelion|
|2,4-D Amine/Ester (3.8 lb ae/gal)||1-4 pts/a||Bull thistle, ragweed, dandelion|
*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: 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.