Dryland Pasture Seed Mix is designed for farm, ranch and range where no irrigation is present. It will grow on annual precipitation in most areas of the Great Basin, Snake River Basin and arid areas of the Western United States. It will survive on a minimum of 10″ annual rainfall. If some sprinkler or flood irrigation is present, or annual precipitation is 11-13″, yield will improved. We have selected species that persist and perform well in drought and provide good forage.
Our Dryland Pasture Mix provides excellent forage. In areas of 12+ inches of annual precipitation it can usually be cut and bailed once. In the fall and winter it can be used grazed as pasture, making it an excellent dual-purpose product. It is adaptable, efficient and multi-purpose.
Dryland Pasture Seed Mix is also effective for disturbed sites, restoration and weed control. It will compete well with weeds, especially when it is sown in late summer or fall, giving it the upper hand against weedy spring annuals.
Best results are achieved when drilled, but broadcasting is the most common method of planting. When drilled, care should be taken to plant no deeper than .25″. Soil is best prepared with some form of light disturbance such as a spike-tooth harrow. Methods will vary from sit to site and will depend upon your equipment. The best planting time is late fall (September-October) when seed will lay dormant until spring. Early spring planting is also successful if favorable conditions permit. As with all of our grass mixes, plant no deeper than 1/4″
Seeding Rate for Dryland Pasture Seed Mix: 16 lbs./acre drilled (1/4″ maximum depth) 20 lbs./acre broadcast. Refer to the analysis tag on each bag for planting instructions and additional helpful information.
Our Dryland Pasture Seed Mix contains the following species*:
We can modify any of our mixes to your liking and blend a custom mix for you. Give us a call at 435.283.1411. Other recommended dryland pasture species might be:
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Refer to the analysis tags for actual percentages and mixture ingredients.
Pasture mixes come in a lot of different styles, shapes, sizes _ and PRICES. When shopping for dryland pasture mix, be sure to do your homework. Whether you buy it from us or another vendor, be aware of a few things that will help you make an educated choice and give you real value with return on your investment.
Define “dryland” for YOUR conditions
“Dryland” is loosely defined as annual precipitation with no supplemental irrigation. It varies greatly from state to state and from ecoregion to ecoregion. You can find your annual precipitation and other useful weather data at http://www.usclimatedata.com. Once you have established your annual precipitation zone, you can determine the species (and mixes) that will work in your area.
Know the precipitation minimums of the seed you plant
Forage and range grasses all have different precipitation requirements. Siberian wheatgrass, for example, will survive on a little as 5″ annual precipitation and is adapted to the most arid locations in north america. Most clovers, on the other hand, require about 16″ of precipitation. In many western states locations the only way to achieve that much precipitation is through irrigation.
The enclosed form (below) will give you a good idea of which species are adapted to zones with 11″ or less annual precipitation.
Cheap Price Tag vs. Real Value
Resist the urge to buy the “cheapest” seed mix available. As a general rule, irrigated species are cheaper than dryland species. Some seed companies “cheapen” their mixes by adding items that are not really dryland species. Beware of seed mixes that claim to be for “dryland” if they contain the following species:
• Annual Ryegrass
• Tall Fescue
• Orchard grasses (other than a dryland variety like Paiute)
Of course, if you have plenty of annual precipitation then the above species are fine…but if you live in a 10″ precipitation zone your seed with either never come up at all, or it will come up and quickly die off. Make sure that the species in
Percentage of Species:
Check the species percentages when you compare pasture mixes. The example below is taken from the competitions “dryland pasture mix” – priced inexpensively at $2.85 and marketed for Idaho and Utah. Utah and Idaho are predominantly 10-12″ annual precipitation.
35% Tall Fescue
22% Paiute Orchardgrass
20% Annual Ryegrass
3% Pubescent Wheatgrass
2% Crested Wheatgrass
Paiute Chorardgrass, Pubescent Wheatgrass and Crested Wheatgrass are adapted to dryland situations and are appropriate for a drylands pasture mix. But, they only add up to 27% of the mix! Tall Fescue and Festulolium both require in excess of 16″ annual precip to be productive and the annual ryegrass is, as the name states, and annual. It will die off after the first year. The end result is that 70% of this mix will be dead or gone after the first year.
The Bottom Line:
It is true that our drylands pasture mix is a little more expensive than most…but if you look closely and compare you will see that there is tremendous value built into our products. We believe in selling seed for a purpose and goal, not a price point.
Dryland Quick Selection Guide