Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627
Irrigated Pasture Seed Mix
Farmers, ranchers, ranchette owners and livestock owners from all walks of life use our Irrigated Pasture Seed Mix. It is a top selling item at Great Basin Seed. It is planted as a stand alone crop for pasture or hay or in pivot corners or isolated sections that need coverage and forage yield. Among other uses, it is very effective at driving out weeds.
Irrigated Pasture Seed Mix performs best under sprinkler irrigation, but it can be flood irrigated once the seedlings have matured. It will survive on a minimum of 16″ annual rainfall if no irrigation is present. Livestock can be turned in for pasture or it can be cut for hay. For arid situations consider out Dryland Pasture Mix.
A new addition to our Irrigated Pasture Mix is both mid and late-maturing varieties of Orchardgrass. Both are performance-driven forage production varieties. This allows for summer cutting AND fall pasture. We think this will find broad appeal.
If your seeding is kept wet, especially during germination and establishment stages, Irrigated Pasture Mix can be sown any time of year. 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.
Best results are obtained 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. Correct planting depth is crucial to success. Planting too deep will likely result in failure – Plant no deeper than 1/4″
16 lbs./acre drilled (1/4″ deep)
20 lbs./acre broadcast (1/4″ deep)
Irrigated Pasture Seed Mix has been a best seller for over 30 years and it is still going strong.
This product comes standard in our new Old Tyme cloth bags!
We can modify any of our mixes to your liking.
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.