didnt get our nwsg planted last year....field grew up in weeds and what not..........seen on another website where frost seeded nwsg did very well..........question is can i broadcast seed and do a burn early spring without worrying about nwsg seed?
its just a crp thingy hab,,,,,,,little blue sideoats,alfalfa, and ??? i might throw some switch in there as well.............it was a crop field.........****leburs,johnson grass,foxtail,beggerlice, seemed like alot of flowery plants were in there this summer, not sure if its old wsg seed that was just lyin there waitin
You may want to use Plateau. Old crop fields tend to be loaded with annuals.
Johnson Grass? That blows.
Do you not want to mess with drilling it?
Here's the thing, if you frost seed, you will kill the alfalfa and possible some forbs if you spray this spring with a non-selective like glypho. Plus it sounds like you have mostly warm season stuff anyway.
#1....frost seed and mow, #2.....spray, drill, and mow as needed. You could use the Plateau as well in both these plans. For the #1 option, I would get plateau only down just before spring green up. #2, I would spray with glypho and plateau in April or so and drill shortly after.
If it were me, I'd probably just throw it out and mow as needed this summer.
How are you planning on spreading the seed? If you don't have the spreader with the agitater in it it's a bi**h to get the seed to flow. I ended up mixing small pea gravel with mine and still had to stir it with a stick as I drove my 4 wheeler to get it thru my wide open spreader.
If there is a no till drill with the rotating brushes, that would be your best bet. I didn't have one available.
I've seen a few frost seedings fail. (Not that we did). But I've done a few that have been successful. Weed competition by mowing will be key or you can always frost seed the WSG, spray in early-mid April, then broadcast the forbs.
Frankly, I'd be more apt to just throw it in the air then to try a use a broadcast spreader. But, if you want to try a spreader, NRCS offices may have Truax spreaders or know where you can borrow one.
Broadcast WSG will not all germinate the first year. It continues to germinate at a decaying rate over years. I broadcast a bunch last year after a superb burn. This year I'm not doing any late March/early April burns to give it a good start it's second year.
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