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Sticker shock

Postby snoopdog » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:26 am

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.
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby M-5 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:12 am

Some variety are expensive From what I've seen. Crimson is very economical tho.
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Postby southernultrablack » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:28 pm

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.
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Postby greybeard » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:51 pm

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.
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby ddd75 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:59 am

crimson is only an annual.


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Re: Sticker shock

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:18 am

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.
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby 1982vett » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:20 am

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.
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby snoopdog » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:29 pm

Ended up getting some jumbo white , for the pasture , and a red / alfalfa mix for the hayfield .
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby ClinchValley » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:00 am

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.
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby hurleyjd » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:07 am

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.
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby snoopdog » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:20 pm

160 for 50lb of jumbo ladino, 116 for 60 lb of the red/alfalfa mix
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Re: Sticker shock

Postby 1982vett » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:01 pm

It’s a good clover year here...

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