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Dwarf Essex Rape
Purple Top Turnips
Starfire Red Clover
Jumbo Ladino Clover
Kopu II White Clover
Norcen Birdsfoot Trefoil
WL 326 GZ Alfalfa
wgt 6 lbs.
Total area coverage:
1/2 acre broadcast
2/3 acre drilled
Annual seeds such as forage rape, conola and the perennial chicory
do not need to be inoculated. All legume perennial seeds are preinoculated.
Planting instructions as noted is for zone 3 Southern Lower Peninsular
For zone 2 (Northern Lower) add 1 week to start of spring seeding (April
22nd). For zone 1 (Upper Peninsular) add 2 weeks to start of spring seeding
Spring Seeding, broadcast or drill
Plant after April 15th through June 30th (last week of April preferred).
Summer Seeding, broadcast or drill
Plant the lst half of July through mid August (August 7th preferred).
FOOD PLOT PREPARATION PRIOR TO NO-TILL FROST EARLY SPRING SEEDING, MINIMUM
TILLAGE MID SPRING AND MID SUMMER MINIMUM TILLAGE SEEDING METHODS.
Note: Follow instructions closely. It is imperative to eliminate
the competition (existing grasses and weeds) prior to seeding for best
results. Some plant types, such as Kura clover starts slow and cannot
complete with weeds and grass for several months. For Kura clover, it
may take three years, while other seed types such as birdsfoot trefoil,
grazing type alfalfa, white and ladino clover will more than hold their
own in one year. Nutritious and digestible Endur kura clover, will over
time be the dominate plant type (grass will be subordinate), in addition
to birdsfoot conditions. Expect the remaining perennials to live up to
ten years if maintained, (mowed and fertilized twice yearly).
First year spraying with following year no-till early spring frost
seeding method (recommended)
The previous year, spray with two quarts of Roundup and one quart of ammonium
sulfate per acre the following three dates, around the end of May (wait
for the grass and weeds to be a minimum of 12 inches high and the bracken
fern leafs unfolded). Note: For the four-gallon type backpack sprayer,
use two cups of Roundup and one cup of ammonium sulfate per fill up. Spray
again the end of June or four weeks later. The last spraying is crucial
for success and that date is as close to September 15th as possible.
Seeding time is the following early spring while there is some soil freezing
and thawing happening. Due to the Ultimate seed blend including the more
sensitive brassica type seeds, broadcast 6 lbs per 1/2 acre toward the
end of the freezing period. In mid Michigan, mid April should be fine.
See follow up for fertilization advice.
First year spraying and minimum tillage, with following year mid spring
Here the first year we spray the same amount and dates as above, except
we add a tillage pass for a more sure seed catch the following spring
seeding. At least three weeks after the second spraying of late June,
till and till no more than four inches deep and work into the soil the
broadcasted lime and fertilizer per soil test recommendations. This tillage
operation is toward the end of July allowing ample time for the double-sprayed
weeds and their roots to decompose for easy tillage. The third spraying
of mid September will allow the new weed seeds brought to the surface
due to tillage, time to germinate and emerge, only to be zapped by the
mid September spraying leaving your field rather weed and weed seed free
for the following early spring seeding.
Seeding time is the following early spring but only after the soil is
completely thawed. In Mid Michigan this should be toward the end of April.
The seed can be broadcast or drilled, either way follow with a double
cultipacking pass. You fertilized the previous year, but it is recommended
that you broadcast fertilizer again. See Follow up for fertilization advice.
Same year spraying, minimum tillage, along with mid summer seeding (recommended).
Here we will spray also three times and amounts as above, but at a different
timing. The first spraying is the same time period of late May. The second
spraying is three weeks later. Two weeks after the second spraying, around
early July, till and till no more than four inches deep - the food plot
along with any broadcasted soil test - recommended lime and fertilizer.
The third spraying is done prior to but can be the same day as the seeding
date. Here we shoot for the seventh of August (hopefully four weeks after
the tillage operation allowing many weed seeds to germinate and emerge
only to be zapped).
Seeding time the same year can be very successful if you are blessed with
moisture and you followed instructions to the letter. As previously noted,
broadcast or drill in the seed followed with two cultipacking passes.
No harm is done if you add more fertilizer and followed instructions as
noted in the follow up for fertilization advice.
Follow up for Fertilization per acre for no-till frost seeding
or minimum tillage right after seeding
Broadcast 200 lbs of 19-19-19
Broadcast 100 lbs of urea 46-0-0
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