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Sticker shock

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:26 am
by snoopdog
Wow, wanting to sew some clover seed in the pasture and hay fields , going to have to get the pencil out. What varieties have you used that are drought and grazing tolerant and cost per acre efficient ? I do realize that broadcasting / frost seeding is a gamble , but it is my only option right now . May only be able to do the hayfield at this time.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:12 am
by M-5
Some variety are expensive From what I've seen. Crimson is very economical tho.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:28 pm
by southernultrablack
I just put out some crimson clover last week, already seeing little seedlings. I just broadcast it over the existing grass. It ran me about $52 for a #50 bag, but it was coated so not fifty pounds of seed in there.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:51 pm
by greybeard
southernultrablack wrote:I just put out some crimson clover last week, already seeing little seedlings. I just broadcast it over the existing grass. It ran me about $52 for a #50 bag, but it was coated so not fifty pounds of seed in there.


Not a bad price there...getting down close to what I saw annual rygrass seed go for last fall, and ryegrass is about the cheapest thing you can get around here.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:59 am
by ddd75
crimson is only an annual.


I think I used FREEDOM and ALICE.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:18 am
by Bright Raven
Ladino clover is about $300 a 50 pound bag. But in my climate/conditions , it holds up much longer than any of the other clovers I have used in pasture.

What I do is have the mill mix about 5 pounds into 50 pounds of fescue. The seed is extremely small so it goes a long way.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:20 am
by 1982vett
In my opinion you can get by it he half or less of the recommended seeding rates. If you get any established at all and let it seed the first year it will be everywhere and thick the next.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:29 pm
by snoopdog
Ended up getting some jumbo white , for the pasture , and a red / alfalfa mix for the hayfield .

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:00 am
by ClinchValley
Paid $40 or $45 for fescue last year per 50 lb bag. I saw TSC has the same thing for $84.99 this year. Rural King, where i got it last year, is running a sale right now for $62.99. Big difference.

I paid close to $100 for 50 lb of red clover last summer. I'd be content with around $1 per pound.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:07 am
by hurleyjd
I have often wondered if producing clover and grass seed would be more profitable than owning cows. I have produced Bahia seed in the past and made a little money. Just on a small scale with a Allis-Chalmers pull type combine.

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:20 pm
by snoopdog
160 for 50lb of jumbo ladino, 116 for 60 lb of the red/alfalfa mix

Re: Sticker shock

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:01 pm
by 1982vett
It’s a good clover year here...

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