FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL PASTURE

Pre-Sowing

A firm, clean seedbed is a necessity when establishing a pasture. Soil packing may be required to retain adequate soil moisture for germination. Packing should be avoided on soils where crusting is a problem.

 

Control

Allow weeds to germinate prior to sowing. Weeds should be eradicated with a non–selective, post-emergent herbicide prior to sowing.

 

Adequate Soil Moisture

Moisture should extend from the surface to at least 7 inches in depth. Providing a firm moist seedbed ensures close contact between the seed and soil allowing quicker and more uniform germination. Sowing should coincide with favorable moisture conditions.

 

Seed Placement

Seed should be neither exposed nor buried too deep. For optimum germination, seed should be planted 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.

 

Initial Grazing

Grasses should be 5 to 6 inches tall, well anchored by an established root system, and there should be ample soil moisture prior to grazing. A quick grazing or mowing after these conditions are met will enhance tillering. Do not allow livestock to graze below 2 inches in height. Never graze newly sown pastures early, under dry conditions, or if grasses are poorly developed.

In numerous trials of SucraSEED grass varieties, dairy, beef and lamb producers have experienced the following performance results:

  • Improved milk yield in dairy cows (up to 262 gallons more milk
    per cow)
  • Improved live weight gains in lambs and beef cattle (up to 33%)
  • Higher dry matter intakes (up to 38%/head per day)

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