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Frost Seeding
Do the pastures you depend on for feed need to be taken to the next level?

Ideally, there should be 30 to 50% legumes in a pasture depending on what kind of livestock is being raised. Consider over seeding 4 to 10 pounds per acre of Gallant Red Clover and/or 1 to 2 pounds of Kopu II White Clover.

Late February through mid-March is a great time to seed clover into pastures. Ideally when it is freezing at night and thawing during the day to increase the chances for seed to soil contact. It can be broadcast alone, with fertilizer, or drilled is conditions allow. Seed to soil contact is imperative for good establishment.

Consider “overgrazing” the areas you want to reseed to help improve seed to soil contact by removing the excess forage. The freezing and thawing of the soil will help move the broadcast seed into the soil for better germination.

The clovers can also be drilled when it is dry enough to drive on the field, but the pasture has not broken dormancy yet. Consider using coated seed when broadcasting because the coating gives the seed more density and it “flies” better out of the spreader and the coating material has hydroscopic properties to absorb moisture and aid germination.

Coated seed also guarantees excellent nodulation and rhizobia bacteria is right next to the seed.

                            Remember, nitrogen produced from these plants is always cheaper than nitrogen from fertilizer!


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