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Grass Planting Rates

Cool Season - Planting Rates (Approximate Values):

Annual lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Annual Ryegrass 24 224 20 - 30 0 - 1/2
Oats 32 15 90 - 120 1 - 2
Rye 56 18 90 - 120 1 - 2
Triticale 48 15 90 - 120 1 - 2
Wheat 60 11 90 - 120 1 - 2

Perennial lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Bromegrass 14 135 8 - 10 (PLS) 0 - 1/4
Orchardgrass 14 416 15 - 20 1/4 - 1/2
Reed Canarygrass 47 480 5 - 8 1/4 - 1/2
Tall Fescue 25 227 15 - 20 1/4 - 1/2

 

Warm Season - Planting Rates (Approximate Values):

Annual lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Browntop Millet 14 140 25 - 30 1/2 - 1
Foxtail Millet 50 213 20 - 30 1/4 - 1/2
Forage Sorghum 50 24 15 - 20 1 - 2
Japanese Millet 28 119 20 - 30 1/4 - 1/2
Pearl Millet 48 82 25 - 30 1/2 - 1 1/2
Sorghum-Sundan 45 43 30 - 40 1/2 - 1

Perennial lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Bahiagrass 46 210 15 - 20 1/4 - 1/2
Bermudagrass (common) 40 2071 5 - 10 0 - 1/2
Big Bluestem -- 150 6 - 10 (PLS) 1/4 - 1/2
Dallisgrass 14 300 10 - 15 (PLS) 1/4 - 1/2
Indiangrass -- 180 6 - 10 (PLS) 1/4 - 1/2
Johnsongrass 28 119 20 - 30 1/2 - 1
Switchgrass 55 280 5 - 6 (PLS) 1/4 - 1/2

PLS = Pure Live Seed Source: From PPI, Forage Pocket Guide, 2004. Developed by D. M. Ball, C. S. Hoveland, and Gary Lacefield

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