Needle & Threadgrass

Needle & Threadgrass "bails" after custom field collection in a native southern utah stand.


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)

Horse Pasture Mix

Our Horse Pasture Mix is blended specifically for horse pasture and hay. It is also good for cattle. It performs best under sprinkler irrigation, but can be flood irrigated.

Our Horse pasture mix is made up of forage grass varieties that are adapted to all of the USA. Most of them have been adapted to suit certain needs. For example, Oro Verde is very cold tolerant and drought tolerant. Albion is very drought tolerant and recovers quickly after grazing and/or cutting. Both varieties are excellent forage grasses. Quickdraw Orchardgrass is also drought and heat tolerant and recovers well after grazing and cutting. It is one of the most sought after orchard grasses on the market.

The best planting time is late fall (September-October) when seed will lay dormant until spring. Early spring planting is also sucessful if conditions permit.

Best results are obtained with Horse Pasture Mix when drilled, but broadcasting is the most common method of planting. The soil is best prepared with some sort of light disturbance such as a harrow. Preparation will vary from sit to site and will depend upon your equipment. As with all of our grass mixes, plant no deeper than 1/4″

Horse Pasture Mix Planting Instructions

Planting Rate:
15 lbs./acre drilled (1/4″ deep)
20 lbs./acre broadcast ( /- .5 lbs. per 1,000 sq.ft.)

  • Timothy
  • Oro Verde Tetraploid Perennial Rye
  • Albion Tetraploid Perennial Rye
  • Quickdraw Orchardgrass
  • Kentucky Bluegrass (forage type)

It is important to us that you plant seed that will product the end results you desire. This prescribed Horse Pasture Seed Mix may not be best for your situation. If it is not, We can alter any of our seed mixes to your liking to help you achieve you goals. Call 435.283.1411

You may also like our Dryland Pasture Mix or Irrigated Pasture Mix

Please read additional buying advise under the CAUTION tab.

Varieites and mix contents may vay based on industry availability. Refer to product analysis tag for exact content information.

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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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