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No-Till Seeding of Forage Grasses and Legumes



Authors as Published

John Fike, Associate Professor and Extension Forage Specialist, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Michael Flessner, Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Science Specialist, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

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No-till seeding is a practical, cost-effective and environmentally sound way to establish forage crops. Certain basic guidelines will ensure successful no-till establishment, including: proper soil testing and amendment; killing existing vegetation to minimize competition with newly-planted seedlings; timely seeding management; using high quality seed; and controlling seeding depth. No-till can be used for complete replacement as well as to thicken existing stands. Several herbicides can be used for sod and weed control.

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Publication Date

May 6, 2019