Hay and Pasture Mixes

Hay and pasture MixesA vast majority of perennial, cool-season hay and pasture fields are mixed with several grass species and often include a legume, as well. Mixing cool-season grass species and legumes has many positive effects, including:

  1. Genetic diversity among the grass species results in an overall stand that is not completely susceptible to one particular disease or weather pattern/event.
  2. Grass species, even varieties within the same species, have different peak growing periods and maturity times. Therefore, in mixed stand, different grasses hit peak growth times at different times, resulting in a stand that has a component(s) excelling for a longer duration, unlike a pure stand of one variety. A pure stand greens up, heads out, and shuts down at the same time. A well-formulated mix will not. The quality of mixed stand during the entire grazing or haying season will remain more consistent.
  3. The addition of legumes increases protein content, palatability and digestibility, along with fixing nitrogen in the soil.

To provide the highest-yielding, most persistent pasture or hayfield, Heritage Seed’s cool-season mixes include 100 percent improved varieties (unless otherwise noted).

Available hay and pasture mixes offered by Heritage Seed:

 

Beef & Dairy PureGrass (tech sheet)

Mix of high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone.

Beef & Dairy Plus Alfalfa (tech sheet)

Mix of high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone, along with a high-quality leaf hopper tolerant alfalfa. Mix is formulated so that alfalfa consists of approximately 30%-40% of the stand.

Beef & Dairy Plus Clover (tech sheet)

Mix of high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone, along with a high-quality red clover. Mix is formulated so that red clover consists of approximately 30%-40% of the stand.

Beef & Dairy Economy (tech sheet)

Mix of popular common-variety grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone. Designed to meet a low price point.

Beef & Dairy GrassKing (tech sheet)

Another option for high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone.

Beef & Dairy OverSeed (tech sheet)

Mix of high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone where. Species in OverSeed are excellent at germinating with minimal soil contact and are proficient at establishing among mature plants already in the field.

Beef & Dairy QuickStart (tech sheet)

Mix of fast-germinating, high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone where quick pasture repair or quick grazing/hay is needed.

Beef & Dairy LeapStart (tech sheet)

A second mix option of fast-germinating, high-quality grasses suitable for the cool-season perennial adaptation zone where quick pasture repair or quick grazing/hay is needed.

Beef & Dairy WaterWay (tech sheet)

Mix of species tolerant to most wet soils or flood-prone areas. WaterWay components are high forage quality, and they are excellent for pastures or hayfields.

Beef & Dairy Range Brand (tech sheet)

A versatile mix but one that excels is wetter conditions. Includes alsike clover and a mix of cool-season grasses that can thrive in moist soils that other forages cannot. Provides excellent forage.

BLM #4 (tech sheet)

A popular all-purpose mix for the Midwest, Northern Plains, Northeast and Pacific Northwest. Excellent for hay and grazing and for quickly repairing or establishing fields.

Horse Range (tech sheet)

Horses can be especially tough on pastures, and at the same time, need high-quality forages. Horse Range is an ideal mix for the northern half of the country. It contains a mix of traffic-tolerant, grazing tolerant, high-quality forages.

Horse & Colt (tech sheet)

An alternative mix to Horse Range, Horse & Colt is a great mix of quality horse forage grasses.

Triple Jump (tech sheet)

A mix of quality horse forage grasses, along with quality alfalfa for increased quality. This mix is excellent for horse hay production, but it can also be grazed.