FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL PASTURE
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.
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.
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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)