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    10-11-2009, 07:40 PM
Overseeding grass pasture

I know this isn't the best place to put this but I didn't see other heading that worked.
My question is doesn't anyone on here overseed their pasture with rye or oats in the winter? I've got a pasture that the grass is thin and I was thinking of overseeding with rye and oats for winter grazing, but I wanted to make sure that it wouldn't mess up the grass for the spring/summer grazing. I have a field that has be harrowed just for winter grazing but I wanted to to both fields as long as it wasn't a problem for the spring/summer.
Thanks for any feed back.
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    10-11-2009, 10:32 PM
When I had my own place, I put out winter rye. Be aware that it will not grow until the temp drops enough.
It did not harm the existing warm weather grass.
    10-11-2009, 10:37 PM
No, I'm not going to plant anything till sometime in the begining of Nov. Well that's the plan if it cools down if not maybe I'll still have my grass.
    10-11-2009, 10:49 PM
I helped with a hay field one year in Lithia. We used liquid weed and feed every 3 or 4 months and watered once a week if we had no rain - had grass all year. It was Tifton 44. The weeder was Weed Master. Don't know what the fertilizer was.

We used the big tank sprayer that you pull with a tractor (you can rent a small one to pull with a lawn mower) and mixed Weed Master, the fertilizer, and defoamer together. We sprayed the pastures too - kept the stock off for a day or so was all.
    10-12-2009, 11:51 AM
There is absolutly nothing wrong with overseeding a winter annual into your pasture. Rye, ryegrass, oats, wheat, would all be good choices - probably like the oats or ryegrass option best. You could probably get by with spreading the seed with a broadcast spreader or by hand, but if you want to do the job right, rent a no-till drill from the local co-op or NRCS office. Put the seed in about 1/2" deep and you are set. You do need to put down some fertilizer as well. If you have been using this ground for pasture for several years and have been spreading manure on it, you may only need a little N - at least 50 units. The biggest thing you need to check is pH. You need your soil at least at 6 - preferably at 6.5pH. Lime accordingly. But, if you aren't going to check your pH and fertilize and lime accordingly, don't waste the money on the seed - Just buy hay!
We have seen a lot of horse owners over the years get all excited about rotation grazing, new and exciting grasses, pasture renovation, seeding horse pasture mixes, etc. Sometimes they are in a position to take advantage of these practices - most of the time they are not. If you already own a lot of farm machinery, you may be able to make it work, but buying 20K in farm machinery to renovate 2 acres would buy a lot of hay for many years.

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