jbrown. Frost seeding is a temporary or permanent seeding application in late winter when soils are in the freeze-thaw stage. This non-bloating legume can be slow to establish and is often sparse until the second year. It provides excellent nesting and winter cover for pheasants and other birds. Dormant Seeding & Frost Seeding Dormant seeding is a temporary or permanent seeding application at a time when soil temperatures are too low for germination to occur (less than 50oF). switchgrass seed during the winter and early spring months can help break seed dormancy and improve stand establishment. I have a four day weekend the weekend before presidents day so I will frost seed sometime that weekend. Regardless of the seed’s age, broadcast in late January or February. Switchgrass seed sold by seed companies should be sold by percent PLS in addition to the percent purity, germination and hard (dormant) seed. Post 2008 flood, a plot of 'Cave -in-Rock' switchgrass produces seed while surrounding vegetation has died . Grass‐legume DM yield was compared with N fertilization (0, 60, 120, and 240 kg ha −1 ) in the seeding … In SE Ohio one can frost seed a little earlier than let's say Northern Ohio. It is now possible, in some regions of the country, to seed switchgrass in the spring, harvest 50 percent of the yield potential of the cultivar after killing frost in the seeding year, and reach 75 to 100 percent of full production the next year after seeding. Switchgrass can be planted a variety of ways. Frost Seeding Switchgrass: Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by millbs, Nov 26, 2017. For frost seeding you would have wanted to kill the grasses last fall. On the RWWP website Don has a comparison between his switchgrass blend and CIR. It looks like his blend is about 7-8' and much taller than standard CIR. Hey guys. It is a sod-forming grass that once dominated the tall grass prairies of the United States. See Dbltree thread. wolfgang510. Darron B, Feb 13, 2010. Certain legumes and grasses can be successfully frost seeded. Switchgrass seed can also be planted with any conventional or no-till drill that is suitable for clover or alfalfa seed. Switchgrass seed can also be ran through any conventional or no-till drill that is suitable for clover or alfalfa seed. Seed can be debearded — a process which removes much of the chaff and hair from seed of big bluestem and indiangrass — allowing them to be seeded using conventional equipment. I've contacted a couple Christmas tree farmers to see about getting it all planted in pines. Guys who have experience with frost seeding switchgrass - I'm trying to decide where to source my seed for frost seeding this winter. Frost seeding is not always successful. millbs. It can be seeded singly or in mixtures for warm season forage production or as a wildlife habitat planting. Frost seeding typically works best with legume seeds because it is easier for smaller seeds to drop to the soil surface and make contact than it is for the larger, lighter grass seeds. 1,701 1 1,421. Frost seeding is the cold stratification process to help germination on a hard seed like switchgrass. It can grow from 4’-6’ tall and is adapted to a wide range of soils and climate conditions, and needs relatively little fertilizer, lime, or water. Recommended seeding rate is 4 to 5 pure live seed (PLS) lb/acre. That will give you the percent of PLS in the seed lot. No soil prep is required, although I find it grows better if you do. Forestburg Switchgrass is a perennial native grass that grows 3-5 feet tall. Topic: Best Time to Plant Switchgrass: Hi Bill, I am looking to increase my bedding cover on my property by planting a 5-6 acre patch of warm season grass specifically switchgrass. In my experience, you have to kill the existing grass cover first before planting/frost seeding switchgrass. The seed should be no more than ½” deep. Seed that is less than one-year-old and has not been stratified: When drilling, plant between mid-November and April 15 to allow some stratification to occur. I have roughly 6-7 acres that I want to develop some kind of cover on. You could frost seed it once this snow melts IF you killed the weeds this past fall. Seeding date: Switchgrass germinates very slowly when soil temperature is below 60öF. Messages: 642 Likes Received: 648 Location: Lakeview. I will be unable to do any maintenance in this location. The seed should be no more than ½” deep. Feb 15, 2010 #3 . Seeding this warm season grass can vary from region to region and even site to site but there is one fail safe way to get results on your pure stand of Switchgrass, that’s a frost seeding. It is the simple process of broadcasting seed of desired plants early in the spring to allow snow and frost the opportunity to work the seed into the soil. If frost-seeding is not possible, switchgrass can also be planted into freshly prepared soil by broadcasting and then either culti-packing or lightly dragging. Frost seeding legumes can be very successful when performed correctly using the best suited species. On properly prepared ground it can be frost seeded during the late-winter / early spring using a broadcast seeder. frost is needed to allow for carbohydrate storage in the stem bases and crown. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Jul 31, 2017 #1 . Switchgrass seed is hard and slick and can be handled without special drills. Big bluestem and indiangrass seed are chaffy and will not flow through conventional drills. I was wondering if it would be worth while to frost seed some switchgrass into a fencerow. Switchgrass Planting Instructions. Switchgrass seed lots can vary widely in germination rates and number of seeds per pound. Burn or mow, spray, etc. Darron B, Feb 13, 2010. Ground Preparation – Your planting site should be free of any growing or established plants. Frost seeding has proven to be an effective way to improve pasture quality and yield. alfalfa will probably go dormant earlier than here and not be there much for hunting season unless you find some colder varieties.There may be better options.Lots of guys from up that way on deerhunterforum.com and allthingshabitat.com Multiply the total germination rate by the seed purity (both of which are found on the seed tag), then divide by 100. To make sure the seeding rate is accurate, first determine the percent PLS in the seed lot to be planted. 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