Legume

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  • Alfalfa

    Alfalfa (17)

    Alfalfa is the forage base for many farms today. It is a legume that can fix most of its own nitrogen. We carry two alfalfa varieties, a tap root or deep rooted plant that has good drought tolerance and it grows pretty well during the hotter part of the summer. The second variety is a branchroot alfalfa for wetter and heavier clay soils. Due to the pressures of the rotation schedule on many farms, alfalfa stands are only in production for three or four years before decreases in productivity are noticed. It is important to get all the yield possible in this short time and these high performing varieties are what we focus on.

    Establishment

    Alfalfa can be planted in the spring or late summer, but we recommend late summer whenever possible. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inches with good soil contact. If spring sown, a nurse crop of grass or small grain is recommended to maximize the tonnage in the seeding year. We usually recommend seeding grass with alfalfa to give a higher tonnage and better quality feed for the life of the stand. Alfalfa exhibits autotoxicity, which means established plants (older than 6 months) give off compounds that prevent new alfalfa seedlings from establishing.

    Management

    Once established, alfalfa stand can last for many years. Many modern varieties can handle 28 day cutting schedules and in fact, some elite varieties need that type of management to perform their best. One very critical aspect of alfalfa management is knowing when to take the last cutting in the fall. By using Growing Degree Days (GDD) you can determine the best time to take the last fall cutting. An early fall cut can be taken as long as the plants can accumulate more than 500 GDD to replenish root reserves. A late fall cutting can be taken as long as no more than 200 GDD will accumulate before killing frost (25°F).

  • Clover

    Clover (22)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

    ...Forage uses may vary...

    Clovers are highly palatable and best for grazing and silage.

  • Forbs

    Forbs (5)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, and Dry Hay

    Forbs are a high value crop that has some valuable advantages for your livestock. They are known for their exceptionally high energy levels and have high protein levels of 20-23%. Forbs are a very mineral rich grazing herb. Two forbs that are a very good fit for pasture grazing are chicory and plantain. Chicory can be a little harder to manage due to its tendency of going to seed in the summer. Also, to be the most productive, it needs more rest periods. Plantain fits very well into grazing mixes and has excellent regrowth as well as very high digestibility.

    Establishment

    Establish into a firm seed bed is imperative. The mono-culture seeding rate should be 5 to 8 lbs and 1 to 2 lbs in mixes. Forbs respond well to fertilizers, especially nitrogen.

    Management

    Forbs need to be managed properly. Chicory is not very persistent if it does not get a 25 day rest period between grazings. It can be used in a wide range of soil types and can be planted mono culture. Plantain is not recommended for use in a mono-culture situation but works very well in use with brassicas for grazing and pasture. It is ready to be grazed when the leaf tears before the plant is pulled out. Yield data shows over 6 tons of dry matter for well managed plantain.

  • Hay

    Hay (9)

    Forage Use: Haylage/Balage, and Dry Hay

    Hay Solutions are mixtures of cool season grasses and sometimes alfalfa too for the production of hay or haylage. Be sure to note while every combination can be used for haylage, mixtures with ryegrasses or festulolium need more attention as these grasses are combined to fit a certain purpose or to thrive under certain conditions. Often times these mixes include cool season grasses that can be planted as early as oats. These grasses can be sed in conjunction with other grasses and or legumes in both pasture  applications or in conventional harvesting applications. Typically, these grasses have a higher digestibility or energy value than legumes by themselves. Also, if planted with a legume, greater tonnage can be realized than a legume planted by itself.

    Establishment

    Start with a soil test to determine the fertilizer and lime requirements. Planting at a depth of 1/4” to 3/8” (or a depth that is not more than 5 times the diameter of the seed). A smooth, firm seed bed is required to have optimal seed-tosoil contact for maximum germination. Broadcast seeding requires extensive field preparation along with an additional 25% more seed. For best coverage, use a split application at right angles to each other or crisscross the field. Most grasses will tolerate a soil pH range between 5.5 to 7.5.

    Management

    Avoiding over-grazing or clipping lower than 3 inches helps stand vigor and regrowth; 6 to 8 inches are needed for overwintering. It also encourages more root development. Proper fertility is needed to insure stand establishment, expected forage tonnage and quality. Approximate nitrogen needs are 40 lbs for establishment and an additional 50 to 80 lbs for the total annual requirement. Cool season annuals and perennials work well together since the annuals come on faster and the perennials, once established, have longevity and tonnage. If grass is to be used in a crop rotation where conventional chemicals are used, be aware of the potential chemical residue as the grass could be killed or suppressed.

  • Miscelaneous

    Miscelaneous (3)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

    ...Forage use key may vary...

  • Pasture Mixes

    Pasture Mixes (18)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, and Sheep

    Using pasture mixes on your farm is a smart move. They’re versatile and more forgiving to adverse soil and climate conditions than monocultures. Mixes usually provide better nutrition and yield across the growing season. However, pastures need good management to be able to optimize the potential. Regular mowing and fertilizing are just as important as rotational grazing in maintaining a proper pasture balance.

    Establishment

    An early fall planting is best using a Brillion seeder or drilled 1/4 inch deep into a well prepared seed bed. If a Brillion seeder or drill is not available, the seed can be broadcast and rolled firm with a cultipacker. Make sure weeds are controlled before establishment. Spring planting is possible but competition must be suppressed. Most of the upper Midwest is Spring planted.

    Management

    Use the equivalent of about 40 pounds of N to kick-start the seedlings. Clip the pasture when the seedlings are about 6 to 8 inches high to encourage density. Do not graze until firmly rooted. Rotational grazing is best to promote persistence. Manure or fertilizer in the fall will help with winterhardiness.

  • Summer Annuals

    Summer Annuals (1)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

    ...Forage uses may vary...

  • Alice White

    $5.57 per lb
    Total (25 lbs): $139.25

    Alice White Ladino Clover Seed from Barenbrug is the first variety that successfully combines roduction (large leaves) and persistence, buy yours here!


  • Alsike Clover

    $3.84 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $192.00

    Alsike Clover Seed from DLF is more tolerable to wet conditions than red clover, is good for short rotations, and is opportune for extensive grazing.


  • Alsike Organic

    $4.33 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $216.50

    Certified Organic Alsike Clover Seed from DLF is more tolerable to wet conditions than red clover, is good for short rotations, and is opportune for extensive grazing.


  • AU Sunrise Crimson Clover

    $2.39 per lb
    Total (50.00000000 lbs): $119.50

    AU Sunrise Crimson Clover Seed is the earliest blooming crimson on the market idea for southern planting with 20 inches at flowering height at tri-foliate leaves.


  • Barblanca

    $4.31 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $215.50

    Barblanca White Ladino Clover Seed from Barenbrug is especially well suited for grazing due to is exceptional persistence, buy yours today!


  • Beef Greenfast

    $3.82 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $191.00

    Beef Greenfast Pasture Mix from Byron Seeds is an excellent blend to increase your meat per acre gains for grass-fed beef with a three year lifespan.


  • Beef Maker

    $3.87 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $193.50

    Beef Maker Pasture Mix from Byron Seeds is a very fast growing mix giving very high production with higher fertility requirements.


  • Beefmaster

    $3.30 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $165.00

    Beefmaster Pasture Mix from Barenbrug Seeds is a special grazing tolerant formulation for stocker and beef cows and calves resulting in rapid weight gains.


  • Berseem Clover

    $2.52 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $126.00

    Berseem Clover Seed has been referred to as the King of Cover Crops for the Midwest as an annual clover that can act as a great smother crop.


  • Braco White Mustard

    $2.50 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $125.00

    Braco White Mustard Seed controls sugar beet cyst nematodes and decomposes into fumigants found in commercial products.


  • Browsemaster

    $3.94 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $197.00

    Browsemaster Pasture Mix from Barenbrug Seeds is based on research that goat productivity is correlated to the diverse array of forage species.


  • Bruce Birdsfoot Trefoil

    $4.33 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $216.50

    Bruce Birdsfoot Trefoil Seed from Byron Seeds often does well on soils with poorer drainage and lower pH that is not suited for alfalfa and it even outlives red clover. Buy yours here!


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