Kingfisher KF Hay/Grazing Mix is very drought tolerant mix with lots of flexibility that can be used for hay or grazing. Great to add to your grazing rotation when more summer production is needed in the rotation. The KingFisher alfalfa has an excellent branch root system that is grazing and traffic tolerant.
- A complete mix that can be either grazed or baled
- Suited for two spring cuts and fall grazing combinations
Kingfisher KF Hay/Grazing Mix
Kingfisher KF Hay/Grazing Mix is a mixture of cool season grasses and sometimes alfalfa too for the production of hay or haylage. Hay/Grazing Mix can be seed in conjunction with other grasses and or legumes in both pasture applications or in conventional harvesting applications. Typically, Hay/Grazing Mix has 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.
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-to soil 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. Hay/Grazing Mix will tolerate a soil pH range between 5.5 to 7.5.
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 Hay/Grazing Mix is to be used in a crop rotation where conventional chemicals are used, be aware of the potential chemical residue as the Hay/Grazing Mix could be killed or suppressed.
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