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Planting Instructions

Seeding Rate

Seed Persist at 18-20 lbs per ace for straight seedings. If using with other grasses or legumes, seed at 8-10 lbs per acre. If broadcasting, use the higher seeding rate. For best weed control, plant clovers after adequate establishment and weed management have been performed.

Planting Dates

Spring planting is recommended after February 1st and before May 1st in most regions. Areas farther north may want to adjust to later dates. For fall planting, seed after August 1st and before the end of October. Contact your local extension agent or seed supplier to get more specific recommendations for your area.

Establishment and Vigor

Persist is easily established and has excellent seedling vigor. The use of clover or other legumes can also increase persistence and yield.

Adaptation

Persist orchardgrass has a very wide adaptation and has successfully been grown as far north as Canada and as far south as northern Georgia, Memphis, TN, and Oklahoma City, OK, as well as the Western and Eastern United States.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Fertilization without a soil test is essentially a guessing game. A soil test using recommended standard soil sampling methods is strongly recommended. Fertilize at establishment, and then apply subsequent applications in the spring and following each cutting or grazing will promote re-growth, longevity, and optimal yields. Maintain soil pH between 6.0-7.0 when possible

Harvesting Recommendations

It is recommended when haying to take the first cutting when the plant is in the late boot stage as the plant is heading out. Then, harvest every 4-5 weeks. If grazing, rotationally graze at three-week intervals. For pastures, leave 3-4 inches for good re-growth. Rotational grazing ensures a quality stand.

Seeding Rate - Straight18–20 lbs/ac
Seeding Rate - In a Mix8–10 lbs/ac
Planting Dates - SpringAfter February 1st but before May 1st in most regions.
Planting Dates - FallAfter August 1st, but before the end of October.
Planting Zones (map)green
Planting DepthDrill seed no deeper than ¼-½"
Optimal pH Range6.0–7.0
Planting zones

Persist Loves White Clover

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