Needle & Threadgrass

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A Little Bit About Us

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 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 very arid climates like the Sonoran and Mojave desert. It will grow on a minimum of 10″ annual precipitation. If some sprinkler or flood irrigation is present or annual precipitation averages 11-13 inches, yield will improve. We have selected dryland pasture mix species that persist in droughty conditions and still provide quality 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 and erosion 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 correct and careful 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 site to site and will depend upon your equipment and size of your planting area.

Dryland pasture mix can be sown any time of year if your seeding is kept wet, especially during germination and establishment. If you are lightly 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.


We are frequently asked if this product is suitable for lawn or turf in yards and outlying areas. We don’t recommend it as turf – the bunch grasses make it difficult (but not impossible) to mow, the species are not fine stemmed and the plants are generally too tall once establishes. Dryland pasture seed mix is a good choice for outlying areas that are not heavily traveled, or where coverage is desired over bare ground, where little mowing will occur, or for weed control.

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

3 reviews for Dryland Pasture Seed Mix

  1. ranchhouse (verified owner)

    This is the 3rd year planting the Dryland Pasture Seed Mix. I am located at 5000 ft elevation in Arizona. It has been trial and error here with my soil, but this has been the best year so far. I had a soil test done the second year and it has made a big difference in my results. Very happy with the Dryland Pasture Seed Mix.

  2. Fiona Sinclair

    I am restoring a mountain valley pasture at 7700 ft in altitude. Planting Great Basin Dryland Pasture Mix has proved to be a very smart decision. It is 6 weeks since planting and it is a good 5-7 inches tall with under 5 inches of rain. Due to the drill being set incorrectly it was heavily sown (at 12lbs per acre) in one part of the field and very lightly (3 – 5 lbs per acre) in another. The heavier sown areas are doing fantastic and looking very lush with no weeds. The lighter sown areas are thick with weed! I ordered an extra bag to resow the lighter areas and have mowed all the weeds in the hopes the seed will kick in with fall precipitation. Very happy with this product. – Fiona Sinclair

  3. Kelly S.

    Ordered seed for pasture we just purchased that was extremely over grazed. Quick shipping to my door! Will definitely use them in the future 👍 – Kelly S.

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