Overseeding Mix for Peak Performance & Maximum Forage Quality
Pasture Sweet'ner is a blend of High Sugar Grasses for use in overseeding existing pastures. It is the ideal product for pasture managers who want to introduce High Sugar Grasses into their existing pastures and for those who are serious about managing their fields for peak performance and maximum forage quality.
The best time for seeding is either in the early spring or fall. Mow or graze the pasture to a 3- to 4-inch height. If there is a lot of manure in the field, then run a drag across the field to break up piles.
Non-organic farms will want to spray the pasture with a broadleaf herbicide several days prior to sowing. For organic pastures, remove as many of the weeds, including the roots, as possible. For optimal results, potential weed pressure must be removed.
Adequate Soil Moisture
When overseeding a pasture, timing is everything. It is imperative that the seeds receive moisture (from rainfall or from irrigation) right away. Soil must remain moist for several weeks after sowing to ensure proper establishment. Sowing should coincide with favorable moisture conditions.
Best results will occur if a no-till drill is used. For optimum germination, seed should be planted 1/4 - 1/2-inch deep. If you are broadcasting the seed over existing pasture, then you will need to run a drag or preferably a cultipacker across the field. This is to ensure maximum seed-to-soil contact.
Mow or lightly graze to a height of approximately 6 inches so that new seedlings are not shaded out by existing plants. Once new seedlings are well established, a normal grazing regimen can resume.