Basic Guidelines

• Seeds are sensitive, living organisms which need special care during transport and storage. They should be protected from moisture and excessive heat.

• Always use certified seeds, with a Cultural Value (CV) guarantee and free from impurities and noxious weed seeds.

• Always choose the plant species that are best adapted to the production system implemented on the land.

• The best time to seed is during the rainy months when the temperatures are conducive to the rapid development of forage and legumes.

• Soil preparation needs to be efficient: clods eliminated, conditions adequate for germination and weeds controlled.

• The land to be seeded should be corrected and fertilized according to an agronomist’s instructions.

• Never mix the seeds with nitrogen and potassium fertilizers. These fertilizers are highly hygroscopic (absorb moisture from the environment) and can damage the seeds.

• Phosphate fertilizers, such as single or triple superphosphates and reactive phosphate rock, can be mixed into the seeds. It is important that the mixture be as homogeneous as possible and the seeds only be mixed in on the day they are to be planted.

• Going over the field with a flat roller following seeding increases contact between the seeds and soil, minimizes problems such as insufficient water and is essential for the proper establishment of forages.

• In general, forage seeds should be sown no deeper than 3 cm, depending on the species and physical properties of the soil.

• When air seeding, we recommend that you increase the planting density by 20% to 30%.

 

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