Seeding question

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tim1970

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I am about to seed my newly disced pasture with Bermuda. Do I need to use an expensive (to rent) seeder, or can I get buy with just spreading the seed? I am only going to be seeding about 5 acres, so the cost to rent a seeder, does not seem worthwhile to me. On the other hand, if it will make a big difference on how it comes up, I will do it.


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I did what you are proposing hard seeded ~ 5 acres (annual rye (70%), perrenial rye (15%), pasture grass(15%)) then used a light harrow to smooth out and cover some of the seed. We planted about 2 weeks ago, nothing is up yet (we've had rain, but also it's been cold) so no surprise there.

We did get a lot of birds a few days later, hopefully they only picked the seed that was exposed.
 

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You can do it by hand. Just put seed on at half the desired rate. Go north and south the first time, then east and west the second. I'd recommend a cultipacker or something after the seed is down to improve germination.
 

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I went out today and walked the fields we seeded, as I mentioned above. The birds are still out there but the grass is stating to come up.

By the way I applied about 150 pounds of the mixture I posted above. We were told to use annual rye to help get the perennial rye and pasture grass established, since annual rye is less expensive.
 
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