TOP CHOICE®

WHY THE TOP CHOICE FORAGE PROGRAM?

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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.

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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

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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