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Sprigging

Postby papavillars » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:56 pm

What is the going price to sprig a pasture in your area?
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Re: Sprigging

Postby Texasmark » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:28 am

Before I could get a price I would need to get somebody to do it. Years ago sprigs and spriggers were about 50 miles from here and weren't interested.

For any do-it-yourselfers reading this: I bought the Coastal sprigs from them (wet and muddy in bales, like square baled hay) in February, dug a trench with a moldboard plow and spent a couple of days just making a big mess....out of my clothes. I had a wagon hooked to the tractor and would drive and get out and sprig, etc, etc. I'd take 2 or 3 flakes and separate out the plants, go back and move along and repeat the process. Once I finished a bale, I'd blade the furrow back over the sprigs and drive down it with a tractor tire.

I'm a STO (Small Time Operator) so I'd have to piggy back with a BTO that could attract a sprigger (from 75-100 miles away....nearest at the time....Sulphur Springs area) and leave me the middlins on their way back home which I thought about trying many years ago. Tifton 85 was the grass and I forget the cost. $40 an acre comes to mind but don't quote me and I decided it wasn't worth the cost for me in my operation.

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Re: Sprigging

Postby papavillars » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:31 pm

Thanks for the info texasm
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Re: Sprigging

Postby bmcdonald » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:47 am

Its was 225 per acre that include discing twice
The what a guy down here said he charged for coastal
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Re: Sprigging

Postby 5S Cattle » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:43 pm

$120/acre in brenham i believe
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Re: Sprigging

Postby Texasmark » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:13 am

5S Cattle wrote:$120/acre in brenham i believe


OT: How's Blue Bell? Back online and back to normal?
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Re: Sprigging

Postby 5S Cattle » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:56 pm

Texasmark wrote:
5S Cattle wrote:$120/acre in brenham i believe


OT: How's Blue Bell? Back online and back to normal?

They're running and gunning again. Which is good, half the dang town works for that place. Hurt when it was closed for a while.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby jdg » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:06 am

A ways from you here in south GA, but i supplied the sprigs and my neighbor charged me $125/acre. About $175/a if he supplies sprigs.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby Brute 23 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:52 am

Dang that seems high. Last quote I got was $85 per acre with 1 disking. I would have thought it would be around $100 now.

I'll have to ask my dad what they paid on the last Tifton field.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:54 am

$155.00 an acre here to have someone sprig a field in Russell bermuda.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby M-5 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:11 am

True Grit Farms wrote:$155.00 an acre here to have someone sprig a field in Russell bermuda.


Your not gonna be satisfied until you get it just right . Spend the money and fix it . I assume its the field across the road from your driveway.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:27 am

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True Grit Farms wrote:$155.00 an acre here to have someone sprig a field in Russell bermuda.


Your not gonna be satisfied until you get it just right . Spend the money and fix it . I assume its the field across the road from your driveway.

Yes it is, but I'm not willing to spend that kind of money till I have a way to water. Last time the same guy charged me $90.00 an acre to sprig the same field and it didn't rain for over 10 weeks. Everything just cost so much in the cattle business for such meager returns. I feel like a fool working to just break even, it's a good lifestyle but at some point you need to draw a line.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby bird dog » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:56 am

I'm done with bermuda. The costs are just to darn expensive to get it established and maintained. I am not plowing up what I got but on new pastures I am going back with native grasses and panicums.

Fence's idea of planting Johnson grass may be the most economical way to feed cows but once you start down that path, its hard to change back.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby slick4591 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:01 pm

I've used to consider sprigging, but the three times I've thrown out seed there was never enough rain behind it to make anything more than sprouts. I've been looking for a native grass blend to try this year as I really want improvement in my west pasture.
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Re: Sprigging

Postby Brute 23 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:58 pm

When there is no rain you will lose any thing you plant... the only difference is how much money you lost. As with any investment the greater the risk the greater the reward. I think that sums up sprigging to the T. Sprigging Tifton is one of the highest risk grasses you can plant... but it is also one of the most productive. There is nothing like it once you get it established.

I would not sprig Coastal or Jiggs any more.

... and yes you can disk up small areas and shake out runners by hand. We planted several... several... thousand acres like that. IMO, I have seen better results like that than with a machine if you can find the help.

My dad started some Tifton under the toilet sprinkler :) in the pasture and it has gone crazy. It has actually taken over a fairly large area now.
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