TOP CHOICE®

WHY THE TOP CHOICE FORAGE PROGRAM?

SELECTING FORAGE SPECIES

Forage grass and legume performance varies depending on environmental conditions. No single forage type or variety is best in all environments. The adaptation of a species or its potential longevity in the filed, is determined greatly by genetic cold-hardiness traits, and its tolerance of other site, soil, and use conditions.

When selecting a forage species, or several species for use in a seed mixture, first consider their appropriateness for the intended use (pasture, hay, etc.) and for the expected longevity on the site.

Among the other factors that affect the suitability of a forage species are: drought tolerance, soil pH level, fertilizer nutrient requirements, soil damage, intensity, and harvest or grazing.

FORAGE RATES

  • Drilling new pastures:

    • 25 lbs. per acre

  • Broadcasting new pastures:

    • 30-40 lbs. per acre

  • Renovation/over-seeding existing pastures:

    • 20-25 lbs. per acre

7 EASY STEPS TO SUCCESS

  1. Obtain a soil analysis and improve
    soil conditions

  2. Prepare a firm seed bed with good
    seed-to-soil contact

  3. Plant at 1/8 - 1/4 inch deep

  4. Irrigate if needed

  5. Lightly graze or mow the first time

  6. Fertilize

  7. Renovate

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