Kingfisher KF Lowland Hay Mix is a late-heading mix that tolerates wetter soils and has a wide harvest window. KingFisher Alfalfa has branch roots for wetter soil performance. Tall Fescue adds consistent high fiber digestibility, excellent yields and traffic tolerance. A very late heading Timothy, dries quickly and does not absorb high potassium levels.
- Excellent quality
- High Sugar
- Perfect for wetter soils
- Easy dry down
- All branch root alfalfas
Kingfisher KF Lowland Hay Mix
Kingfisher KF Lowland Hay Mix is a mixture 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 these mixes include cool season grasses that can be planted as early as oats. These grasses can be seed in conjunction with other grasses and or legumes in both pasture applications or 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.
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 five times the diameter of the seed). A smooth, firm seedbed 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. Most grasses 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 necessary to ensure stand establishment, expected forage tonnage and quality. Approximate nitrogen needs are 40 lbs for an 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 the 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.
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