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)

Salt & Alkali Soils Pasture Mix

Salt & Alkali Soils Pasture Mix

Soils high in salt and alkali (or basic soils) present challenging growing conditions. Basic soil conditions range from mildly alkaline, requiring little more that a variety selected for tolerance, to highly alkaline, nearing the point where very little will even survive in the conditions. Valley bottoms, “sump” areas, margins of marshy and/or damp areas and desert valleys and lowlands commonly present with these challenging soil situations. While these areas are challenging, Salt & Alkali Soils Pasture Mix that will return an investment and turn a useless plot into a stand that will produce something of value.

Soil Tests

Our experience has taught us that the first step in determining which species to use on your plot is to pull a soil sample and send it to a certified soil laboratory. Soil labs will analyze the makeup of your soil and provide you with a chemical/mineral picture of your soil. It will includes information critical to the selection of appropriate plant species, soil preparation and conditioning methods and fertilizer/chemical recommendations. With that information you can select species that will survive in the pH conditions of your site.

We think you will appreciate the prompt, informative and courteous service from the folks at Stukenholtz Laboratory in Twin Falls, ID:

Stukenholtz Laboratory
2924 Addison Avenue, E
PO Box 353
Twin Falls, ID 83303-0353
(208) 734-3050  -or-  (800) 759-3050

Salt & Alkali Soils Seed Species

Contrary to popular belief there are actually numerous species available for planting in salt and alkali conditions. The enclosed table will give you an idea some of the species available to you:

10% Tall Wheatgrass
10% Hercules Tall Wheatgrass
20% AC Saltlander Green Wheatgrass
15% Garrison Creeping Foxtail
15% Intermediate Wheatgrass
10% FSG423ST Salt Tolerant Alfafla
10% Strawberry Clover

This item has a minimum order quantity of 10 pounds. If you feel this mix does not suit your needs give us a call. We can custom mix to your specifications and we don’t charge additional mixing fees.

Dryland SpeciesToleranceMin. Precip.
AC Saltlander Green WheatgrassVery High12"
Alkali SacatonVery High10"
Tall WheatgrassVery High8"
Yellow SweetcloverHigh8"
Slender WheatgrassHigh10"
Crested WheatgrassHigh6"
Siberian WheatgrassHigh5"
Russian WildryeHigh7"
Perennial RyegrassModerate12"
Basin WildryeModerate10"
Western WheatgrassModerate7"
Thickspike WheatgrassModerate7"
Blue GramaModerate8"
Bluebunch WheatgrassModerate8"
Smooth BromeFair12"
Intermediate WheatgrassFair11"
Pubescent WheatgrassFair11"
Sandberg BluegrassFair6"
Streambank WheatgrassFair6"
Indian RicegrassFair7"
Sheep FescueFair9"
Sand DropseedLow9"
Dahurian WildryeModerate11"
Small BurnetModerate11"
Annual Rye GrainModerate11"
Ranger AlfalfaFair11"
Ladak AlfalfaFair11"
Paiute OrchardgrassFair11"

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