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Seeding meadow brome

Postby cowsense » Sun May 08, 2005 10:56 pm

I spent 2 miserable days trying to seed 170 acres of coated meadow brome with 30 feet of Morris M10 drills. Aggravating, bridging stuff. Had to mix in some wheat to make it flow anywhere's near decent. Must be lots of people with experience in the best way of seeding this stuff. Would appreciate any tips as I have more to seed this week! Thanks

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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Sun May 08, 2005 11:00 pm

The best way is to go to the CWD meeting and have your brother do the seeding. :wink: I have heard of lots haveing trouble if the percent of meadow brome is to high in the mix. I put it right in the seed box and mixed in with oats. I think it was 50%MB 20% Alfalfa and 30%clover.
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Postby cowsense » Sun May 08, 2005 11:05 pm

BMr....yore gonna confuse Haymaker when you say you use oats for "mix" :roll: :wink:

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Postby jigs » Tue May 10, 2005 5:27 am

I liked using a broadcaster and harrowing it in. got a fairly decent stand

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Postby Jinglebob » Thu May 12, 2005 7:12 pm

I don't know how great-grampa seeded it, probably broadcast, but it still here a hundred some odd years later! I've broadcast some and had to stir it once in awhile.

Some folks around here think brome is a bad weed. I love it as it is so tough and stands up to any kind of grazing pressure.
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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Thu May 12, 2005 8:50 pm

Jinglebob wrote:I don't know how great-grampa seeded it, probably broadcast, but it still here a hundred some odd years later! I've broadcast some and had to stir it once in awhile.

Some folks around here think brome is a bad weed. I love it as it is so tough and stands up to any kind of grazing pressure.


Jingle bob your probably talking about smooth brome and cowsense about meadow brome.There is a difference.
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Postby Oldtimer » Thu May 12, 2005 9:09 pm

jigs wrote:I liked using a broadcaster and harrowing it in. got a fairly decent stand


I'm getting more and more convinced that the best way to seed most grass and alfalfa is by broadcasting--seeded in late fall after the frost and let the snow help take it down........Don't have to mix it with any cover crops....

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Postby Silver » Thu May 12, 2005 10:33 pm

Oldtimer wrote:
jigs wrote:I liked using a broadcaster and harrowing it in. got a fairly decent stand


I'm getting more and more convinced that the best way to seed most grass and alfalfa is by broadcasting--seeded in late fall after the frost and let the snow help take it down........Don't have to mix it with any cover crops....


I like the nurse crop. Oats make fantastic green feed especially if silaged. I wouldn't touch meadow brome up here, although some guys do. Pretty hard on nitrogen. Smooth brome works better for us.
As far as broadcasting goes, I'm not interested in playing that game anymore. Up here if you dont get moisture in time your in trouble. If you count on the snow and frost, it can rot in the ground during breakup. I put the alfalfa, brome, timothy and oats all together in drill and seed it down.
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Postby cowsense » Thu May 12, 2005 10:41 pm

We've had very mixed results with broadcasting, moisture conditions have to be very good for a decent catch. We prefer using a press drill putting the seed to the optimum depth and prefer a wider row spacing for dryland production. If possible fall seeding is preferable (especially in alkali ground). Seeding grass is expensive ( $15-35 acre) and we try to do everything possible to up the odds of establishment. It's easy if it rains and the grasshoppers stay away! That gives us about 2 years out of 10 where it should work :wink:


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