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Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

Contact Info

435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Dryland Pasture Seed Mix

Dryland Pasture Seed Mix is designed for farm, ranch and range where no irrigation is present. It grows well on the annual precipitation available in most areas of the United States excluding areas with very arid climates like to Sonoran and Mojave desert. It will grow on a minimum of 10″ annual rainfall. If some sprinkler or flood irrigation is present or annual precipitation averages 11-13 inches, yield will improved. We have selected dryland pasture mix species that persist and perform well in drought and provide good forage.

Dryland Pasture Mix provides excellent forage. In areas of 12+ inches of annual precipitation it has been and bailed at least once annually. Can be fall and winter grazed as pasture. It is an excellent dual-purpose product adapted to a wide range of dryland ecosystems. It is efficient and multi-purpose.

Dryland Pasture Mix is also effective for disturbed sites, restoration and weed control. Competes well with weeds, especially when it is sown in late summer or fall, giving it the upper hand against weedy spring annuals.

You will achieve best results by drill seeding, but broadcast seeding is the most common method. Take care to plant no deeper than .25″. Prepare the soil 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.

Dryland pasture mix can be sown any time of year if your seeding is kept wet, especially during germination and establishment stages. If you are supplementing annual precipitation and your water is scarce or comes at specific times of year, the best planting time is late fall (September-October). Seed will lay dormant until spring in late fall planting scenarios. 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. For more details click the “additional information” tab above.

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 include:

This product has been a best seller for over 30 years!
Comes standard in our Old Tyme Cotton bags!

*Refer to the analysis tags for actual percentages and mixture ingredients.

Weight 1 lbs
Growth Height:

Max Sowing Depth:

Minimum Precipitation:

Sowing / Planting Rate

16 lbs. per acre if drilled. Do not drill deeper than 1/4"
20lbs. per acre if broadcast

Best Sowing Time:

Fall = Best
Spring = Good, when conditions permit
Can be sown any time of year provided the seedbed remains wet, especially during germination

Seed Count

Approx. 145,000. Variable, depends heavily upon mix ratios

Native or Introduced:

Plant Lifespan:

Sun & Shade Tolerance:

Full Sun , shade OK


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Unlike alfalfa or corn crops that have established track records and predictable outcomes, there is no direct answer to this question for pasture mixes. Production is not only a direct result of soil type, the availability of water, temperatures, etc, but pasture mixes are frequently plated precisely because other cash crops can’t be grown under the circumstances. That makes it really difficult to predict outcomes.

Generally speaking, Irrigated pasture mix (once established) can be cut at least once, and frequently twice, and grazed year round with good rotation practices. It is hearty, long lived and persistent.

On the other hand, Dryland pasture mix is especially difficult (if not impossible) to predict. It depends almost entirely upon the availability of water. Under supplemental water in the form of irrigation or additional rainfall, our dryland pasture mix will produce more forage and be of better quality than on dry years. Under the best conditions we have seen, an irrigated stand of dryland pasture mix was cut and bailed twice and grazed through the fall and winter. In the worst conditions (no irrigation, extreme drought year) the stands produce enough forage for light grazing, but little more.

The recommend seeding rate for Dryland, Irrigated and Horse Pasture Mix is:

18-20 pounds per acre via broadcast sowing
15-18 pounds per acre via drill sowing

If the drill method is used, DO NOT BURY SEEDS!! .25″ is the maximum depth for the seeds. If planted more than .25″, establishment will likely fail.

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