Winter Grazing Seeds

Winter Grazing Seeds | Smith Farm SupplySmith Farm Supply now has fall and winter grazing seeds in-stock. Call for pricing, and come book your seeds early to ensure the best pricing.  We carry Gulf ryegrass as well as other premium ryegrasses such as Marshall and Passerel.  It is time to think about getting your pastures in shape for the winter!
Every year almost 3 million acres of Gulf ryegrass are planted in the U.S. with about 90 percent used for winter pasture in the Southeast and 80 percent of this ryegrass pasture is done by overseeding with warm season perennial grasses, that extend the grazing season.

Premium Winter Grazing Seeds We Carry

Marshall Ryegrass-In 1981, Mississippi State University released a new kind of ryegrass called Marshall ryegrass. This type of ryegrass is very popular because of its extreme cold weather tolerance, making Marshall the coldest weather tolerant annual ryegrass on the market. Unable to handle colder temperatures, Gulf ryegrass is highly spread in northern pastures. Cattle owners are seeing a big difference in steer weight gains with Marshall ryegrass over Gulf ryegrass. Marshall ryegrass has many uses such as cover crop, hay production, or forage. It germinates quickly which is great for weed management and protecting the soil.
Passerel Ryegrass– Passerel ryegrass is best if planted in the fall for winter grazing for livestock. This ryegrass germinates quickly within 7-10 days. You need to plant this in early September to mid-October for best results. It’s great for over seeding warm season grass for winter forage. Passerel is popular with Eastern Texas and Oklahoma, and across the South to the Atlantic coast. Tests have proven that this ryegrass outperforms other varieties.
 Annual & Gulf Annual Ryegrass Facts
  • May be sown under unfavorable wet or dry conditions
  • Normally germinates in a matter of 7-10 days
  • If sown under dry conditions, normally germinates after the first solid rain
  • Always in excellent supply and competitively priced
  • Vigorous fall and spring growth
  • Left uncut Annual Ryegrass grows to a height of 2-4 feet
  • Eco-friendly
  • Annual Ryegrass will get rid of nematodes – eliminating the need for chemicals

Annual Ryegrass Pasture Advantages

  • Normally supports a growing cow and calf per acre
  • May be sown on existing sod, clean-burned stubble or land not plowed or otherwise prepared
  • May be sown under unfavorable wet or dry conditions
  • Oregon Grown Annual and Oregon Grown Gulf Annual are disease tolerant
  • Annual Ryegrass does not present endophyte fungus problems as do some tall fescues and perennial ryegrass
  • Recovers rapidly from overgrazing and trampling
  • Usually, germinates in 7-10 days
  • Eliminates nematodes thus eliminating the need for harsh chemicals that are used to control nematodes
Facts and Information from Ryegrass.com and Hancockseed.com.

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