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Alfalfa planting with canola discs

Brother was getting fert the other day and a guy told him he was going to go out with corn planter to seed dead spots in hay feald with corn planter with canola plats in it
Any ony try this
Dose it work
If it dose i need some plats for a 7200 planter

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Well, that's a wild idea! I'll be curious to see what this guy thinks of his results, and somewhat surprised if someone chimes in with a positive experience....


I think of what a great job something like a Brillion grass seeder does, then think of how vastly different that is compared to a corn planter, with a drill and grass seeder attachment somewhere in the middle (but much closer to the brillion).


What size area we talking about? No chance of autotoxicity making any method a slim chance of success? In a pinch, harrow it a little bit, blend some seed with some appropriate fertilizer, spread and roll.


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We seed all of our seed alfalfa with a planter. It is a monosem planter and i THINK you can get custom seed plates from monosem with any size hole and as many holes as u want. We use our canola discs or alfalfa.
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My cousin is getting some alfalfa seeds coated in something to make them the same size as canola for use in his monosem planter. He thought about the plates with small holes in them but I think the cost is quite high.
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We seed all of our seed alfalfa with a planter. It is a monosem planter and i THINK you can get custom seed plates from monosem with any size hole and as many holes as u want. We use our canola discs or alfalfa.
Huh! Well I'll be jiggered. That's what a sheltered life does for ya'.


I've never been around a monosem planter....what's the row spacing? Are you truly trying to singualte alfalfa seed like a planter does? What seeding rate? And as slow as alfalfa grows and bushes out, and depending on your row spacing answer, how do you control weeds?

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We run 22 inch spacing. Seeding speed is driving slow and rate is lower than seeding with other seeding implements.We seed the regular crop first [like wheat or durum] then we go over the field with planter and seed in alfalfa, so the first year the alfalfa grows with other crop to establish itself,then the year after you have the first alfalfa crop. Alfalfa actually grows fast and the 22 inch gaps between the rows are filled in by mid june. After harvest we do light tillage on it so it doesnt grow to thick next year.
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Seeding rate for seed alfalfa is usually 1 #/ac. Seeded with a planter you can go in the spring with a cultivator and get weeds between the rows too.
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We run 22 inch spacing. Seeding speed is driving slow and rate is lower than seeding with other seeding implements.We seed the regular crop first [like wheat or durum] then we go over the field with planter and seed in alfalfa, so the first year the alfalfa grows with other crop to establish itself,then the year after you have the first alfalfa crop. Alfalfa actually grows fast and the 22 inch gaps between the rows are filled in by mid june. After harvest we do light tillage on it so it doesnt grow to thick next year.
Interesting. When you say "alfalfa grows fast", I assume you mean in year 2? I would agree with that. Year 1 not so much, the whole point of a nurse crop, no? I do oats nurse crop most of the time, but not always. Seeding rate here is more like 15 pounds per acre for hay. Which is what the OP wanted to do, fix a hay field.

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Yes what I ment is second year, after it is established. And and seeded at one pound per acer.

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