Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Funny, I was loading hay from my hay man yesterday, and asking advice about re-seeding a portion of my small pasture acreage. (I own 3 horses and keep them on 4 acres of divided turnout/grazing pasture/working areas.) We in IL usually don't need to irrigate, like you do.
He told me that it is standard practice to RoundUp a new pasture before you put in the seed, but he advised me against it bc it will need to sit for 2 weeks, and I need to get the seed into the ground ASAP, if it will come up high enough to survive our next winter. YOUR situation might be different. Our normal first frost is October 15th.
I need to reseed about half of my 1/2-3/4 acre South Pasture, L-shaped and flanked by 30 ft. pine trees on the south and west sides. Usually I just mow to knock down the weeds bc it opens up the grass growing alongside. I'm tilling a 12 ft. wide swathe tonight, adding manure for fertilizer (recommended), seeding and covering with grass clippings to keep the birds away. I grew carrots this summer this way, during our rotten drought, and most of them came up. (Carrots can be a difficult crop.)
Another piece of advice was to drag the tilled area before planting to level it out.
Good luck, and keep us up to date. I'll take pictures and let you know you MINE goes, too. =D