best hay seed?

Asked January 24, 2019, 5:43 PM EST

We have a 2 acre, Woodburn , silty loam field that a neighbor spread a lot of horse manure compost on several inches thick (like mulch). What would be the best things to seed it with? Clover? Alfalfa? wildflowers for pollinators?

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thanks for your question. What are your goals for the field - grazing pasture, hay for animal feed, meadow for pollinator habitat?

Here is a publication to get you started:
Chapter 4 of the Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest focuses on species selection.
http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/publishing/pdf/PNW/PNW0614.pdf

The Xerces Society is a local resource on establishing pollinator meadows. They work closely with the NRCS and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Let me know your goals for the field and I will give you relevant resources.