In order to reap the benefits of what you sow, there are a few questions you should ask before you seed a new forage. Identifying weed issues prior to planting is vital as well as knowing the soil conditions and your timeline for your forage stand.

Weeds can be a killer to any forage stand, to be specific, perennial weeds, so ask yourself “What weed issues should be considered?” Be sure to contain weeds prior to seeding to save the hassle and expense of containing them later.

Another important question to be answered beforehand is what type of soil and what kind of conditions will your forage grow in. To save time and lower the margin for error, try submitting a soil sample to a local university extension or analytics company. By identifying soil components and fertility you can more efficiently seed your upcoming forage stand.

The final and arguably most important questions refer to the timeframe and usage of your stand, “What are we using this forage for,” and “How long will this stand be in production?” Forage species differ in persistence so it is important to answer all questions before seeding.


For more information on seeding refer to the original article by Sarah Sommerfeld, PAg