A deep, hardy root system that enables it to survive drought and tough winter conditions.
A deep, hardy root system that enables it to survive drought and tough winter conditions. Makes a succulent pasture when combined with Alfalfa. It is also used as a green manure and for erosion control. Sow in spring or early fall at up to 33 kg/hectare (30 lbs/acre).
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How To Grow
Good seed to soil contact is required for any successful seeding. Begin with a finely prepared seedbed that is as free of weeds/debris as possible and firm with a stiff rake or roller. Most forage species should not be sown deeper than 12 mm (1/2") and small seeded species at 6 mm (1/4") or less. These crops need to be watered or sown at the right time of year which is usually early April to mid-May. Late fall seeding around mid October until winter arrives (known as dormant seeding) generally ensure that no seed will germinate until spring as the soil is too cold. Springs warm rains and snow melt will be enough to initiate germination.