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Old 09-21-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default AU Grazer- Serica Lespedeza

Wondering if anyone found a place to buy less than 50 pounds of seed?
Would like to add it to our fall planting while the ground is open since you do need to prepare a seed bed.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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Do you have any growing near, considered picking it? I know you wouldn't get a whole lot that way, but enough to get it started. I picked a bunch last year but didn't plant it. Got a little nervous it might take over. But I've changed my mind. I'm going to plant some. If you don't have any around, the stuff near my home is budding out and I'd be glad to get you some seed. Of course, it may not be the strain you are wanting. But it seems to grow well and the goats love it!



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That is a very kind offer Ashley! I also can go harvest on a farm near here who has it naturalized. I just wanted to try the improved grazer type that is more palatable as a forage plant. They have selected for less woody growth. I should get lots of strains going really to see what is hardy and what is yummy too. Let me know how it does for you and how hard it is to establish.

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Will do. I know palatability is no problem! They will knock me over when they see me coming with it and when I put it in the feeder, they grumble at each other and attack it until it's gone lol. Might as well be alfalfa hay.

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Approximatly how much are you looking for Lee, I know some people up at AU that I could ask.

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I wish that I can plant the serica lespedeza. But I dont know if it is okay for me to use it in MO. How am I suppose to know?? I am tired of my pastures being soo stemmy and my goats wont eat those stuff much. I am tired of it.

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No reason not to use it in MO that I know of Holly.

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Some states ban it as an invasive weed but I don't know which species or if it is all of them.
Kansas bans hairy les but you would have to ask your county agent or usdag rep about status on that.
There are several improved varieties but AU Grazer will tolerate defoliation and has root knot nematode resistance. The 50 pound bag was 400.00 at Seedland!!!

Dave that is very kind. Let me know what you find out. I thought maybe one of us interested parties could get a bag and distribute smaller amts by mail but it goes a long way and would have to have commitment for the whole 50 pounds to make it work - 20 pounds per acre is recommended use and we are just doing a small plot maybe 1/3rd acre of mixed perennials because you do have to prepare a seedbed- it cannot be overseeded. So I would like to work with maybe 4 or 5 pounds since it will not be the only thing seeded. Thanks for that offer.

Maybe Tim found a place to buy less than 50 pounds and he will let us know.

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Thank you guys.. I didnt meant to hijack the thread. I need someone to point me out which seeds should I plot for the winter.. Becuz i dont like what my pasture been doing for couple of years. It is so stemmy and the goats wont even touch it and even the cows too. I give up. I wanna do something differently.. Let me know. Thanks!!

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Old 09-22-2010, 01:37 AM   #10
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It's ok to plant in Missouri.



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