How to Frost Seed to Add Legumes to Your Pastures

Folks have been asking about this recently. From January 2017, Genevieve's tips can help you adjust your winter grazing now for frost-seeding for a better pasture this summer. Frost-seeding is one form of over-seeding, in which you can use legumes to economically and quickly thicken a pasture or a perennial hayfield in late winter. Though no-till drilling has more guarantee of success, frost seeding is an easy operation while you have time in the off season, and if managed correctly and timed properly, has good likelihood of success. Spraying, tillage, and lost grazing time does not factor into the costs as it typically does with a pasture reseeding. Clover eventually contributes to grass yield in a pasture by fixing nitrogen (if it is at least 30 percent of the stand), and many legumes can help offset the summer slump that grasses experience (as well as boost the nutritional value of the forage). Red clover has the potential to increase forage yields by 30%, and protein levels by 3-5%. It is more agronomically adaptable, and more palatable as a feed than alfalfa. Plus it’s more reliably a fast starter than alfalfa and germinates more consistently in cool temperatures. When Should I Frost Seed? There are two scenarios in which frost-seeding is appropriate: a) A pasture or hayfield is thinning and mo

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  1. Foliar feeding seaweed and hydrolized fish after frost seeding when the pasture and/or field start getting green is a major boost to frost seeding.

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