Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627
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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 grass seed mix species that persist in droughty conditions and provide high quality forage.
In areas of 12+ inches of annual precipitation dryland pasture grass 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 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.
Best results are acheived by correct and careful drill seeding or broadcast seeding. Broadcast is the most common sowing method. If the drill method is used, 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. Supplement annual precipitation with irrigation if you choose to sow in dry, hot seasons. The best planting time is late fall (September-October). In fall planting scenarios the seed will lie dormant until spring. Firm seed-to-soil contact will enhance establishment, as will rolling or packing, but do not bury pasture grass seed.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.
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:
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*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.
For additional information see our Dryland Pasture Mix blogpost.
|Max Sowing Depth:|
|Sowing / Planting Rate||
16 lbs. per acre if drilled. Do not drill deeper than 1/4"
|Best Sowing Time:||
Fall = Best
Approx. 145,000. Variable, depends heavily upon mix ratios
|Native or Introduced:|
|Sun & Shade Tolerance:||
Full Sun , shade OK
The Basics of Dryland Grass Establishment
One of the most valuable assets you can have on your acreage is a well established stand of grass. Grasses serve several important functions for property owners:
When making plans to plant grass there are several important factors that must be considered. Soils, climate, available water and the uses of the grasses planted are all variable that should be considered.
Native grasses are native to the United States. These grasses have adapted to climate and soils of the area so they can survive better. Natives are usually slow to establish, taking from two to four years before they become fully established and developed. Once established they persist a long time and require little maintenance. You will generally have to spend more money for native seed.
Introduced grass species are those developed or introduced from outside North America. They are/were typically introduced for their forage qualities. They usually establish quickly, given adequate soil moisture, and can be grazed in one to two years. Introduced grasses will respond better to fertilizer and irrigation than many of the natives, but they don’t live as long as natives.
Grasses can be classified as sod-formers or bunch grasses, and as cool season or warm season species. Sod-forming grasses reproduce from their root systems as well as from seeds. Bunch grasses grow in clumps and reproduce primarily from seeds. Cool season grasses actively grow during the cool months of the year (spring and fall); warm season grasses actively grow during the summer months.
Soil type or texture dictates what type of grass will perform best on your property. As a “rule of thumb”, short, sod-forming grasses grow best on heavy soils such as clay and tall grasses perform best on the lighter, sandy soils.
Here are some things to think about as you start planning to plant grass on your acreage:
Developing a hearty grass stand on your land takes planning, preparation and resources. However, it’s one of the best decisions you can make to improve your property.
Adapted from an article by the USDA-NRCS