FORAGE SEEDING RATES

Seeding Rates for Pure Stands


 
The following shows approximate seeding rates for single species grown for fodder use.

Although a combination of grasses and legumes is more frequently seeded, the table is useful for composing specific mixtures. The percentage of each species desired in the mixture should first be determined. Then the quantity of seed required to seed a pure stand can be used as a guide for determining the amounts of each species required.

 

Seeding Rates for Forage

Crop

Seeding Rate lbs / acre

Alfalfa 8 – 15
Sweet Clover 8 – 12
Alsike Clover 6 – 10
Red Clover 7 – 11
White Clover 3 – 7
Birds-Foot Trefoil 8 – 15
Sainfoin 25 – 40
Cicer Milk-Vetch 12 – 18
Crown-Vetch 16 – 22

 

 

Seeding Rates for Grasses

Crop

Seeding Rate lbs / acre

Russian Wild Rye 8 – 12
Altai Wild Rye 20 – 30
Crested Wheatgrass 10 – 15
Northern Wheatgrass 12 – 16
Western Wheatgrass 16 – 22
Intermediate Wheatgrass 18 – 24
Pubescent Wheatgrass 16 – 22
Slender Wheatgrass 10 – 14
Streambank Wheatgrass 10 – 14
Tall Wheatgrass 20 – 30
Perennial Ryegrass 8 – 12
Italian Ryegrass 8 – 12
Kentucky Bluegrass 4 – 6
Smooth Bromegrass 12 – 16
Meadow Bromegrass 18 – 28
Creeping Red Fescue 3 – 6
Meadow Fescue 8 – 12
Tall Fescue 8 – 12
Meadow Foxtail 3 – 6
Meadow Foxtail Coated 6 – 12
Creeping Foxtail 3 – 6
Orchard Grass 3 – 7
Timothy 3 – 6
Reed Canary Grass 4 – 8

 

Seeding Rates for Grass

Crop

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Lawn Grass Mixtures 1 lb ./ 200 sq. ft.