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Improving forage quality, yield and longevity!

We take great pride in providing our customers with high quality pasture mixes and other products. Our team of agronomists can give you the help you need to have success with your pastures, which can positively affect your livestock. Many of these new exciting species and varieties are sourced from DLF-USA, the largest seed company in the world.  DLF is performing research in many climates both in and outside the U.S.

Pasture Preferred Program

It's not just a pasture, it's a crop.

Take a soil sample in early March. Soil samples give us information on your soil’s fertility, pH levels and more. With a soil sample, we can give you advice on fertilizer and other pasture management tools.

After a soil sample, you may find that your pasture needs nitrogen and/or phosphorus.

Now’s the time to mow! Mowing/clipping pastures in the beginning of summer is very important for weed control. You will keep a great number of weeds from seeding and limit weed size, which will be helpful for fall herbicide applications.

This is the perfect time for selective herbicide applications. Tackle those hard-to-control weeds, which are storing energy in their roots to survive in winter! Once you’ve applied herbicides, Our pasture mixes will get to work. The Mill’s pasture mixes are designed with cool season grasses for fall, which will fill in the areas when the weeds disappear.

Why apply fertilizer in the fall?

  • Fall applications can help strengthen existing grass and promote new growth.
  • This is similar to lawn care, we want to put our pastures “to sleep” for the winter by adding phosphorus, potash, and a bit of nitrogen. It will give your pasture a boost so you’ll see a faster spring green up.

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If your pasture doesn’t have many weeds and is looking a bit bare, you may want to over seed. REMEMBER TO CHECK LABELS. If you have already applied herbicides, there may be a wait time before you can over seed.

  1. Limit your number of animals on pastures.
  2. Rotate grazing if possible.
  3. Remember it’s weed control, not weed irradication!

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Festulolium might be just what you’re looking for. It’s safe for all livestock and has a long list of benefits!

Pasture Mixes

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The Mill has access to many other grass and legume species. If you require a specific grass or forage mix not listed, The Mill can customize one for you.  Contact any of our stores for additional information.  You can also contact any of our agronomists and they can advise you over the telephone or make farm visits to make recommendations. They are terrific sources of information on forage species and soil fertility.

The Mill Supreme Pasture Mix

The Supreme Pasture Mix combines our toughest highest yielding Festulolium, Fojtan, with a terrific early spring Festulolium, Hostyn, and Amba Orchardgrass.  Balin Kentucky Bluegrass is added to aid in the improvement of sod quality and help with reducing weed pressure.  Your livestock will have three terrific species of highly palatable grass to choose from when grazing.

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The Mill Horse and Livestock Pasture Mix

40% Amba Orchardgrass
40% Niva Orchardgrass
15% Hostyn Festulolium
5% Balin Kentucky Bluegrass

Orchardgrass is a terrific source of high-quality forage. This mix combines an early maturing, high-yielding orchardgrass called Amba with a later-maturing, high-quality grazing variety named Niva.  Hostyn Festulolium provides for fast establishment and will produce lots of early spring/fall high-quality forage.  The Kentucky Bluegrass forage variety named Balin, helps to improve sod quality which will reduce weed pressure and is a source of palatable forage.

The Mill Duragraze Pasture Mix

70% Fojtan Festulolium
20% Hostyn Festulolium
10% Chuck Wagon Annual Ryegrass

Duragraze is a combination of two Festulolium varieties.  Fojtan is a durable grass that is able to withstand the toughest of environmental conditions.  Fojtan will handle hot dry summers and continue to produce grass for grazing.  Research from various University forage trials prove that Fojtan is a proven performer of high yielding high quality forage.  The Hostyn Festulolium is in the mix to provide for early spring and early fall growth, while the Chuck Wagon Ryegrass helps with fast establishment.

Grass Varieties

The Mill has access to many other grass and legume species. If you require a specific grass or forage mix not listed, The Mill can customize one for you.  Contact any of our stores for additional information.  You can also contact any of our agronomists and they can advise you over the telephone or make farm visits to make recommendations. They are terrific sources of information on forage species and soil fertility.

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Festulolium is the name for a hybrid forage grass developed by crossing Meadow Fescue or Tall Fescue with perennial ryegrass or Italian ryegrass.  This enables combining the best properties of the two types of grass. The fescues contribute qualities such as high dry matter yield, resistance to cold, drought tolerance and persistence, while ryegrass is characterized by rapid establishment, good spring growth, terrific digestibility, sugar content and palatability.  The individual festulolium varieties contain various combinations of these qualities, but all are higher yielding than their parent lines. DLF has developed a substantial breeding program in hybrid festulolium that has produced a unique range of hybrid festulolium varieties. One can regard them as high yielding fescues with improved forage quality or as high yielding, more persistent ryegrasses.

Fojtan – high yielding, persistency of tall fescue with the quality of ryegrass

Hostyn – high yielding, early spring/fall forage, quick establishment

For more information on DLF’s Festulolium click here.

Orchardgrass has for years set the standard for grass forage in the transition zone.  Orchardgrass is highly palatable and produces good yields.  Orchardgrass does not have the persistence of tall fescue or festulolium and festulolium is of higher forage quality and produces more tonnage.

Olathe – Terrific yield of high quality forage – 5 cut system and grazing – fine palatable leaf
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Amba – early maturing, high quality forage, maturity of 2
Tekapo – later maturing, grazing variety, highly palatable, maturity of 3
Latar – high yielding, maturity of 3
Niva – later maturing high quality forage, maturity of 4, highly palatable

Kentucky Bluegrass produces high quality, highly palatable forage and a tightly meshed sod that reduces weed competition.  Kentucky Bluegrass does not produce the yield of festulolium, tall fescue and orchardgrass and goes into a summer dormancy.

Balin Kentucky Bluegrass – broadly adapted, good seedling vigor

Tall fescues are high yielding and the most persistent of all grass forages, tall fescues are drought tolerant, heat resistant, and insect tolerant.  Tall fescue is not as palatable as other forages and it is necessary to plant varieties that will not cause fescue toxicosis.

Martin II Protek – as all tall fescues, Martin II Protek is high yielding with a high level of persistency.  The difference between Martin II Protek and other tall fescues is that it possesses a  non-toxic novel endophyte.

Brustus – durable high yielding endophyte free tall fescue.  Brustus will not have the persistency of Martin II Protek.

Prana Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass

Super T Intermediate Ryegrass

Zoro Italian Ryegrass

Chuck Wagon Forage Annual Ryegrass

Clair Timothy – early maturing

Climax Timothy – late maturing

Winnetou Timothy – grazing variety

Chieftain Reed Canarygrass

Persister Smooth Bromegrass

Jumbo II White Clover – improved Ladino type

Durana White Clover – improved Ladino type that has the highest degree of tillering

Ladino Clover

Medium Red Clover

Ruby Red Clover

Crimson Clover

Grasshancer

Research in the UK and Belgium has shown that grassland renewal through grasshancing can increase dry matter production by 16%.  Studies in the U.S. have confirmed dry matter yield incrase from overseeding.

The Mill stocks two Grasshancers from DLF, Grasshancer 100W and Grasshancer 300. If implemented as a management tool, grasshancing with these products every two to three years maintains a high-producing pasture for many years. They also helps with thin stands of pasture, grass hay or legume hay. Grasshancers introduce improved grass varieties to an existing forage crop.

Grasshancer 100W is a combination of DLF’s best tetraploid and diploid winter hardy annual ryegrass. It can be used to ensure short-term high quality and high yielding winter forage.

Grasshancer 300 is a medium term grass mixture, based on DLF Festulolium varieties with a 3 to 4 year persistency.  This grass mixture is ideal for maintaining pastures and hay fields with high dry matter production and high feed quality.  Its rapid establishment and high production will boost the dry matter yield of thinned out fields.  Grasshancer 300 works to add tonnage to a 4-cut alfalfa system.  In addition, Grasshancer 300 can be used as new seeding for high producing, high forage quality medium rotation pasture or hay field, or as long term pasture with an overseeding program.

Many alfalfa fields are kept in production long after their productive life and suffer a decline in dry matter production as the stand ages; plants become less productive and the stand thins out.  This encourages an invasion of weeds and reduces forage quality and yield.  By adding either Grasshancer 100W or Grasshancer 300, dry matter production is increased, weeds are suppressed and forage quality is maintained.  Inter-seeding the grasshancer forage varieties is a cost effective way to maintain high forage production and extend life of alfalfa stands.

Frost seeding is an excellent method to “Grasshance”.    It is quick, leaves no tracks or compaction from equipment in the field and the seed is there when the conditions for germination arrive.  That may be well before you are able to drive in the field to use a drill or slit seeder to plant the seed and thus creating a significant head start.  DLF has formulated Grasshancer mixtures to allow the grass to be frost seeded.  The Frost Seeding Formula consists of a seed coating with fungicide on the grass seed which improves the ballistic properties of the grass seed, to allow for application with a fertilizer spreader.  The fungicide coating improves seed soil contact and protects the seed during the prolonged period of germination and establishment.  The Mill stocks Grasshancer 300 with the fungicide coating.

N-Hancer is a blend of improved red and white clover in a 75%/25% ratio, formulated for the best results when frost seeded over an existing pasture. The 75%/25% ratio gives you 50/50 red to white clover seed count. N-Hancer is 35% coated and pre-inoculated. The coating serves several purposes:

  • A carrier and protectant for the rhizobia bacteria inoculant
  • Increased seed size and improved ballistics, allowing it to be applied with a traditional fertilizer spreader
  • Improved seed- soil contact for better establishment

Seeding N-Hancer can replace your N-fertilizer applications, saving hundreds of dollars off your fertilizer bill while increasing animal productivity and boosting yield. Grass/clover stands have a higher protein production per acre and improved palatability over grass monoculture, resulting in higher intakes per animal causing improved performance.

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