Management is key to pasture productivity and profitability.

Description

Pasture mixes are very popular for many reasons. They are versatile and more forgiving of adverse soil and climate conditions than monocultures. However, mixes do require good management to keep ratios consistent.

Peak Forage uses a lot of trial experiments from across the Midwest to help put together compatible mixes. We also are able to do custom mixes to meet your needs

Contact a Peak Forage representative to assist you in your custom mix or one of our stock items.

Management

Management is key to pasture productivity and profitability. A pasture requires attention in order to keep ratios consistent from year to year.

A general recommendation for pasture mix management is to use the equivalent of about 40 pounds of N to kick-start the seedlings. To encourage plant density, clip the pasture when the seedlings are about 6 to 8 inches high and do not graze until plants are firmly rooted. Using rotational grazing is best to promote persistence and adding manure or fertilizer in the fall will help with winter hardiness.

Establishment

An early fall planting is best using a Brillion seeder or drilled 1/4 inch deep into a well prepared seed bed. If a Brillion seeder or drill is not available, the seed can be broadcast and rolled firm with a culti-packer. Make sure weeds are controlled before establishment. Spring planting is possible and is what is done in most of the upper Midwest, but competition must be suppressed to ensure success.

PEAK Premium Tall Fescue Blend UT

Description:

  • Contains at least two Premium Tall Fescues.
  • Highest-yielding of all grasses, most drought tolerant.
  • High NDFd and tonnage.
  • Not recommended for grazing.
PEAK Survival II UT

Description:

  • Combination or Italian Rye Grass and Tall Fescue
  • Great for extending the life of an alfalfa field for 2+ yrs.
  • Not recommended for dry hay the first year.
    • Italian Ryegrass 35%
    • Tall Fescue 65%
PEAK Hay Maker UT

Description:

  • Combination of Tall Fescue and Meadow Fescue.
  • Designed for Hay, Haylage or Balage.
  • Great for hay as dries down very well.
    • Tall Fescue 60%
    • Meadow Fescue 40%
PEAK Hay Maker Plus UT

Description:

  • Combination of Tall Fescue, Meadow Fescue and Festulolium.
  • Designed for haylage or balage.
  • High-yielding in various soil types and management systems.
    • Tall Fescue 58%
    • Meadow Fescue 35%
    • Festulolium 7%
PEAK Performance Maxx UT

Description:

  • Great for hay and haylage and also grazing.
  • Easy to dry.
  • A mixture of the best tall fescues, meadow fescues and orchard grasses.
    • Tall Fescues 40%
    • Meadow Fescues 40%
    • Orchardgrasses 20%
PEAK Premium Grazing Mix

Description:

  • A mix developed for dairy quality with good winter hardiness
  • Mixture is selected for consistent palatability and high yield and milk production for dairy or stockers

Mix of:

  • Meadow Fescue 45%
  • Festulolium 25%
  • Perennial Ryegrass 10%
  • Red Clover 12%
  • White Clover 8%
PEAK Pasture Mix Plus

Description:

  • A high-yielding quality mix that lends itself to a variety of soils
  • Drought tolerant

Mix of:

  • Meadow Fescue 20%
  • Soft Leafed Tall Fescue 20%
  • Orchardgrass 15%
  • Alfalfa 15%
  • Perennial Ryegrass 15%
  • Kentucky Bluegrass 5%
  • White Clover 5%
  • Red Clover 5%
PEAK Horsepower

Description:

  • Selected for horse-hay or pasture
  • Tolerates close grazing and traffic

Mix of:

  • Endophyte-Free Tall Fescue 30%
  • Meadow Fescue 30%
  • Festulolium 15%
  • Orchardgrass 15%
  • Kentucky Bluegrass 5%
  • Timothy 5%
PEAK Horsepower Advantage

Description:

  • Great for horses or sheep-pasture or hay
  • The white clover in the mix produces nitrogen and gives higher protein

Mix of:

  • Endophyte-Free Tall Fescue 30%
  • Meadow Fescue 25%
  • Festulolium 15%
  • Orchardgrass 15%
  • Kentucky 5%
  • Timothy 5%
  • White Clover 5%
PEAK Prime Horse Pasture Mix

Description:

  • Excellent high NDFd mix for sheep or horses and is ideal for continual grazing
  • Perennial ryegrass in mixture can add value for colts and mares

Mix of:

  • Bromegrass 30%
  • Orchardgrass 25%
  • Perennial Ryegrass 25%
  • Balin Bluegrass 15%
  • White Clover 5%
PEAK Rapid Green

Description:

  • Developed for high yields needed quickly—Very fast establishing
  • Brings very high NDFd/sugar

Mix of:

  • Festulolium 40%
  • Orchardgrass 25%
  • Meadow Fescue 15%
  • Perennial Ryegrass 10%
  • Red Clover 5%
  • White Clover 5%
PEAK Beef Hay & Graze

Description:

  • Complete for grazing or hay
  • Suited for the combination of two spring cuttings and fall grazing

Mix of:

  • Red Clover 5%
  • Meadow Fescue 15%
  • Premium Hay Blend 25%
  • Orchardgrass 15%
  • Alfalfa 40%
PEAK Beef Architect

Description:

  • High performing pasture mix for finishing beef
  • Brings great quality for faster weight gains
  • Withstands heavy traffic

Mix of:

  • Endophyte-Free Soft Tall Fescue 50%
  • Orchardgrass 20%
  • Perennial Ryegrass 10%
  • Red Clover 10%
  • Kentucky Bluegrass 5%
  • White Clover 5%