Pasture seeding

Asked April 6, 2016, 4:05 PM EDT

How many pounds of pasture seed mix (tall fescue, orchard grass, rye) per acre?

Deschutes County Oregon

1 Response

I would plant somewhere between 15-20 lb/ac if drilling, 1.25 to 1.5 times that amount if broadcasting. But it all depends upon how good your seed bed is prepared. Needs to be smooth and very firm - roll before drilling or using a Brillion type seeder, and roll again after. The better the seed soil contact, the better the establishment will be. Some producers will split the seeding rate in half and drill one direction, and then drill the other half of the seeding rate to a 180 degree angle across the field. Twice the machinery time and money, but it is an excellent way to establish a long term investment in a pasture. If broadcasting, rolling the field after planting is essential.

Do a soil test before planting. 0-6 inch soil test for pastures, 0-12 inch test for hay fields (and 0-6 inch test for pH only).

Mylen Bohle
Area Extension Agronomist
Central Oregon
Crook County Extension Office
(541) 447-6228