The best stands I have are worked up ground, frost seeded, and then cultipacked when not frozen. Because seed dormancy is common in switchgrass, seeding rates are standardized using a convention referred to as pure live seed (PLS). 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. 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. I will be unable to do any maintenance in this location. No soil prep is required, although I find it grows better if you do. 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. Frost seeding requires the soil to be thawing, freezing and heaving. Frost Seeded Switchgrass Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by wolfgang510, Jul 31, 2017. Regardless of the seed’s age, broadcast in late January or February. Thin sods and bare surface areas are desirable for both freeze-thaw and rain splash coverage. 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. To make sure the seeding rate is accurate, first determine the percent PLS in the seed lot to be planted. Grass‐legume DM yield was compared with N fertilization (0, 60, 120, and 240 kg ha −1 ) in the seeding … Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Jul 31, 2017 #1 . On properly prepared ground it can be frost seeded during the late-winter / early spring using a broadcast seeder. Frost seeding is a temporary or permanent seeding application in late winter when soils are in the freeze-thaw stage. In my opinion, Feb 1 seems a little too early. Let the pasture grow up to 8-10 inches tall and graze it down tight. You could frost seed it once this snow melts IF you killed the weeds this past fall. See Dbltree thread. Switchgrass can be planted a variety of ways. 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. Let it grow up to this level again and graze it tight again. Darron B, Feb 13, 2010. Messages: 901 Likes Received: 115 Location: Southern Michigan. Do you recommend frost seeding only for this product or could I see similar success by planting in the spring on a freshly worked seed bed? I have a four day weekend the weekend before presidents day so I will frost seed sometime that weekend. 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. The seeds get caught in the cracks created by the heaving process, and this, is in essence how the seeds are “planted.” When time-lapse photography of this period is viewed, the ground appears to come “alive” because of all the movement from the soil expanding and contracting over and over again. Five inoculated forage legumes and a legume mixture were frost‐seeded into an excellent stand of established ‘Cave‐in‐Rock’ switchgrass in mid‐March of 1991 and 1992. Switchgrass is a perennial warm season grass native to the majority of the eastern U.S. In SE Ohio one can frost seed a little earlier than let's say Northern Ohio. I've contacted a couple Christmas tree farmers to see about getting it all planted in pines. It can also be planted through most seed drills. Would like to establish some additional screening. This non-bloating legume can be slow to establish and is often sparse until the second year. Recommended seeding rate is 4 to 5 pure live seed (PLS) lb/acre. Yes, frost seeding switchgrass is the preferred method. Frost seeding legumes can be very successful when performed correctly using the best suited species. Frost Seeding Switchgrass: Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by millbs, Nov 26, 2017. The planting time is similar to that for millet or sorghum-sudan. 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 Frost seeding is not always successful. If moist seed is maintained at 85öF for 3 days, many of the seedlings will germinate and grow to a height of approximately 1 inch with a 1-inch deep root. Please read these instructions completely before starting your switchgrass planting project! The seed should be no more than ½” deep. 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