Pasture Mixes

Agassiz Seed carries a full line of pasture mixes that cover a wide range of conditions and soil types. We also carry the individual ingredients to interseed into existing pastures and haylands.

G-3 Pasture™ Mix

This widely adapted pasture mix contains a blend of cool season grasses that perform extremely well under a variety of conditions. G-3 shows drought tolerance, excellent palatability and high forage yield. 

Sold in 50 lb. bags Plant 12 to 15 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix
Meadow Bromegrass 30%
Intermediate Wheatgrass 30%
Crested Wheatgrass

30%

Tetraploid Ryegrass

10%

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Meadow Bromegrass (30%)
A cool season, long lived perennial, sod-former with short rhizomes. Adapted to most sites, but performs best on moderately deep, well-drained moist soils. Provides excellent forage and is often used in blends with legumes and other grasses because of its ability to survive but not compete with them. The forage quality is similar to Smooth Bromegrass but, Meadow Bromegrass will not take over the stand.

Intermediate Wheatgrass (30%)
A cool season, tall, perennial, sod-forming grass with a vigorous root system similar to that of bromegrass. It is easy to establish. Growth starts in early spring, usually goes dormant during the dry hot summer months, and resumes growth in the fall. A high yielding grass generally adapted to the northern Great Plains.

Crested Wheatgrass (30%)
Crested Wheatgrass is an extremely hardy, drought tolerant, long-lived, perennial bunch grass. It makes excellent early pasture and is dormant during hot summer months, greens up with fall moisture.

Tetraploid Ryegrass (10%)
A short-lived, rapidly established cool season grass. It is highly productive and has excellent forage qualities. Tetraploid (four sets of chromosomes) cultivars have larger leaves and tillers and generally producing more forage. Perennial ryegrass has a short life span (1-2 years) in the North Central region and therefore should only be used in low percentage in mixes or as an annual forage.

Recommended usage: West of the Red River Valley in ND, all of SD and NE. This is a dryland mix for areas that get lower annual rainfall and higher temperatures.


A-1 Pasture™ Mix

A-1 is similar to G-3 with the addition of creeping alfalfa for grazing purposes. It is an excellent all-around pasture mix, not recommended for horses. 

Sold in 50 lb. bags Plant 12 to 15 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix
Meadow Bromegrass 25%

Intermediate Wheatgrass

25%

Crested Wheatgrass

25%

Creeping Alfalfa 15%

Tetraploid Ryegrass

10%

More Info

Meadow Bromegrass (25%)
A cool season, long lived perennial, sod-former with short rhizomes. Adapted to most sites, but performs best on moderately deep, well-drained moist soils. Provides excellent forage and is often used in blends with legumes and other grasses because of its ability to survive but not compete with them. The forage quality is similar to Smooth Bromegrass but, Meadow Bromegrass will not take over the stand.

Intermediate Wheatgrass (25%)
A cool season, tall, perennial, sod-forming grass with a vigorous root system similar to that of bromegrass. It is easy to establish. Growth starts in early spring, usually goes dormant during the dry hot summer months, and resumes growth in the fall. A high yielding grass generally adapted to the northern Great Plains.

Crested Wheatgrass (25%)
Crested Wheatgrass is an extremely hardy, drought tolerant, long-lived, perennial bunch grass. It makes excellent early pasture and is dormant during hot summer months, greens up with fall moisture.

Creeping Alfalfa (15%)
Spyder is an improved variety selected for its strong dormancy, excellent winter hardiness and improved disease resistance with the creeping rooted trait. It is a synthetic variety developed from a cross of a spreading-type of alfalfa onto an elite yielding variety. Yield potential is consistently better than most other creeping rooted varieties on the market. It demonstrates a slightly quicker regrowth.

Tetraploid Ryegrass (10%)
A short-lived, rapidly established cool season grass. It is highly productive and has excellent forage qualities. Tetraploid (four sets of chromosomes) cultivars have larger leaves and tillers and generally producing more forage. Perennial ryegrass has a short life span (1-2 years) in the North Central region and therefore should only be used in low percentage in mixes or as an annual forage.

Recommended usage: West of the Red River Valley in ND, all of SD and NE. This is a dryland mix for areas that get lower annual rainfall and higher temperatures.

Same grasses as G-3 with the addition of alfalfa. CAUTION: Legumes attract gophers who love their roots.


MN-G Pasture™ Mix

This grass blend is selected to respond to higher rainfall and cooler temperature areas. The tall fescue and ryegrass give quick cover and maximum forage production early in the life of the stand. The balance of the mixture produces good quality, and high forage yield for the life of the pasture.

Sold in 50 lb. bags Plant 15 to 20 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix

Meadow Bromegrass

30%
Orchardgrass 30%
Forage Tall Fescue 30%

Tetraploid Ryegrass

10%

More Info

Meadow Bromegrass (30%)
A cool season, long lived perennial, sod-former with short rhizomes. Adapted to most sites, but performs best on moderately deep, well-drained moist soils. Provides excellent forage and is often used in blends with legumes and other grasses because of its ability to survive but not compete with them. The forage quality is similar to Smooth Bromegrass but, Meadow Bromegrass will not take over the stand.

Orchardgrass (30%)
A cool season, tall, perennial bunchgrass. For best results it should be mixed with other grasses and legumes. It is sometimes used for hay purposes, but is preferred for pastures when seeded in a mixture because of its early and late growth in the season. It seems to adapt itself to most types of soil, but does better in heavy rich soil. Although not as winter hardy as bromegrass it will stand more heat, drought and low fertility, and will make more summer growth.

Forage Tall Fescue (30%)
Forage Tall Fescue is a cool season, productive, soil conserving, perennial bunchgrass that tolerates wet, poorly drained soils. Good palatability for both pasture and hay, it is important to use endophyte-free strains when used for forage.

Tetraploid Ryegrass (10%)
A short-lived, rapidly established cool season grass. It is highly productive and has excellent forage qualities. Tetraploid (four sets of chromosomes) cultivars have larger leaves and tillers and generally producing more forage. Perennial ryegrass has a short life span (1-2 years) in the North Central region and therefore should only be used in low percentage in mixes or as an annual forage.

Recommended usage: Red River valley in ND, all of MN, western WI, and Eastern tier of SD counties. For areas with higher annual rainfall. Grass.


MN-L Hay™ Mix

MN-L is an alfalfa based blend of legumes and grasses for hay production. Mix with MN-G or G-3 if higher percentage of grass is desired. 

Sold in 50 lb. bags Plant 15 to 20 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix
Alfalfa 50%
Red Clover 20%
Timothy 20%
Alsike Clover 10%

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Alfalfa (50%)
A cool season perennial legume, primarily used for livestock feed production. It can be cut 3-4 times per season producing highly digestible fiber with high protein content. While it has a nitrogen fixing nodule root it does require sustained levels of potassium and phosphorus to grow well. Alfalfa exhibits auto-toxicity, which means alfalfa cannot be seeded into existing alfalfa stands.

Red Clover (20%)
Red clover is the most extensively grown clover in the Northeastern states and as far south as Tennessee and Virginia. It is also an important crop in the irrigated areas of the Western states, especially Idaho, Washington and Oregon. As a crop, red clover is usually considered a biennial, well suited to short rotations. It is generally used for pasture or hay but, is also a soil improvement crop. Red clover does best on fairly heavy; well-drained fertile soils, but it will tolerate acid soils better than alfalfa. It requires more moisture than alfalfa and is not as winter hardy.

Timothy (20%)
Timothy is a valuable grass in pasture mixtures but is not suited for permanent pasture except in combination with grasses and legumes. It is an ideal grass to plant with alsike clover. Timothy is adapted to a considerable range of soils but is adversely affected by high acid to about the same degree as corn. As compared to clover or alfalfa hay, timothy is relatively low in protein and also in minerals, especially calcium or lime. Timothy is a cool season short-lived perennial bunch grass, is tall and late maturing.

Alsike Clover (10%)
Alsike clover is adapted to the same general area as red clover. It prefers a heavy, moist soil and will do better than other clovers on poorly drained acid soils. Alsike matures early, has a tendency to lodge and is essentially a "one cut" clover. Because it does well on low, wet land, alsike is well adapted to mixtures with other clovers and grasses, especially timothy. Alsike produces high quality pasture and hay.

Recommended usage: Red River valley in ND, all of MN, western WI, and Eastern tier of SD counties. Legume based hay mix.


CHS #4 Pasture™ Mix

A low growing ornamental pasture mix ideal for horse pastures in urban areas. This aesthetically appealing mix is used as low maintenance turf on farms and acreages, both versatile and beautiful. 

Sold in 25 lb. bags Plant 20 to 25 lbs. per acre

Product % 0f Mix

Forage Tall Fescue

40%

Tetraploid Ryegrass

30%

Timothy

15%
Kentucky Bluegrass 15%

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Forage Tall Fescue (40%)
Forage tall fescue is a cool season, productive, soil conserving, perennial bunchgrass that tolerates wet, poorly drained soils. Good palatability for both pasture and hay, it is important to use endophyte-free strains when used for forage.

Tetraploid Ryegrass (30%)
A short-lived, rapidly established cool season grass. It is highly productive and has excellent forage qualities. Tetraploid (four sets of chromosomes) cultivars have larger leaves and tillers and generally producing more forage. Perennial ryegrass has a short life span (1-2 years) in the North Central region and therefore should only be used in low percentage in mixes or as an annual forage.

Timothy (15%)
Timothy is a valuable grass in pasture mixtures but is not suited for permanent pasture except in combination with grasses and legumes. It is an ideal grass to plant with alsike clover. Timothy is adapted to a considerable range of soils but is adversely affected by high acid to about the same degree as corn. As compared to clover or alfalfa hay, timothy is relatively low in protein and also in minerals, especially calcium or lime. Timothy is a cool season short-lived perennial bunch grass, is tall and late maturing.

Kentucky Bluegrass (15%)
Bluegrass is very durable, bounces back well from drought and endures heavy traffic. Bluegrass spreads through underground rhizomes to develop a thick, tough, root system, and requires moderate care to maintain its beauty. Approximately 21 days to germination.

Recommended usage: Urban/ornamental horse pasture (looks nice). Short height, lower tonnage for feed, economical seed cost.


Horse Pasture Mix

This is a “horse-friendly” mixture that provides an endophyte-free pasture all season long. The species for this mix were selected to respond well to a variety of soil types and weather conditions, and to the close grazing habits of horses. Well adapted to the upper Midwest, it will produce excellent forage for years to come. 

Sold in 25 lb. bags Plant 20 to 25 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix

Orchardgrass

30%

Tetraploid Ryegrass

25%

Meadow Bromegrass

15%

Forage Tall Fescue

10%
Timothy 10%
Kentucky Bluegrass 10%

More Info

Orchardgrass (30%)
A cool season, tall, perennial bunchgrass. For best results it should be mixed with other grasses and legumes. It is sometimes used for hay purposes, but is preferred for pastures when seeded in a mixture because of its early and late growth in the season. It seems to adapt itself to most types of soil, but does better in heavy rich soil. Although not as winter hardy as bromegrass it will stand more heat, drought and low fertility, and will make more summer growth.

Tetraploid Ryegrass (25%)
A short-lived, rapidly established cool season grass. It is highly productive and has excellent forage qualities. Tetraploid (four sets of chromosomes) cultivars have larger leaves and tillers and generally producing more forage. Perennial ryegrass has a short life span (1-2 years) in the North Central region and therefore should only be used in low percentage in mixes or as an annual forage.

Meadow Bromegrass (15%)
A cool season, long lived perennial, sod-former with short rhizomes. Adapted to most sites, but performs best on moderately deep, well-drained moist soils. Provides excellent forage and is often used in blends with legumes and other grasses because of its ability to survive but not compete with them. The forage quality is similar to Smooth Bromegrass but, Meadow Bromegrass will not take over the stand.

Forage Tall Fescue (10%)
Forage tall fescue is a cool season, productive, soil conserving, perennial bunchgrass that tolerates wet, poorly drained soils. Good palatability for both pasture and hay, it is important to use endophyte-free strains when used for forage.

Timothy (10%)
Timothy is a valuable grass in pasture mixtures but is not suited for permanent pasture except in combination with grasses and legumes. It is an ideal grass to plant with alsike clover. Timothy is adapted to a considerable range of soils but is adversely affected by high acid to about the same degree as corn. As compared to clover or alfalfa hay, timothy is relatively low in protein and also in minerals, especially calcium or lime. Timothy is a cool season short-lived perennial bunch grass, is tall and late maturing.

Kentucky Bluegrass (10%)
Bluegrass is very durable, bounces back well from drought and endures heavy traffic. Bluegrass spreads through underground rhizomes to develop a thick, tough, root system, and requires moderate care to maintain its beauty. Approximately 21 days to germination.

Recommended usage: Rugged horse pasture. Will work best in Eastern ½ of our trade area, but will work in all of our trade area. Fairly inexpensive.


Saline Area™ Mix

Used for either hay or grazing, this blend of native and introduced grasses will grow in those hard-to-establish areas. If a high water table and sour ground are problems, this mixture will do the job. 

Sold in 50 lb. bags Plant 15 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix
Western Wheatgrass 20%
Intermediate Wheatgrass 20%
AC Saltlander Wheatgrass 20%
Slender Whetgrass 20%
Smooth Bromegrass 20%

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Western Wheatgrass (20%)
Western Wheatgrass is a native, cool season, perennial, sod forming grass, which reproduces from underground rhizomes. Western Wheatgrass spreads rapidly and forms a dense sod, making it valuable for erosion control. Under good conditions, it produces an abundance of forage early in the season that is nutritious and readily eaten by livestock until late summer when it becomes harsh and fibrous. It makes a good quality hay if cut during the late bloom, and can stand close grazing. Western Wheatgrass will do well on a wide range of soils, from sands to clays and is very tolerant to alkali.

Intermediate Wheatgrass (20%)
A cool season, tall, perennial, sod-forming grass with a vigorous root system similar to that of bromegrass. It is easy to establish. Growth starts in early spring. Though usually dormant during the dry hot summer months, it resumes growth in fall. A high yielding grass generally adapted to the northern Great Plains.

AC Saltlander Wheatgrass (20%)
A long-lived perennial grass with a moderate amount of vegetative spread developed as hybrid between quackgrass and bluebunch wheatgrass. It has demonstrated excellent salinity tolerance and Saltlander is superior in salt tolerance to Crested or Intermediate Wheatgrass, and similar to Tall Wheatgrass.

Slender Wheatgrass (20%)
A short-lived, cool-season, perennial bunchgrass. It is primarily used in seed mixtures of introduced and native grasses due to its excellent seed vigor, ease of establishment and fast growth. Plants lose vigor, and decline in abundance within three to four years. Presence in mixtures improves stand productivity, especially during the first production year, until other grasses become better established. It possesses a high tolerance to salinealkali soils.

Smooth Bromegrass (20%)
A cool season, long lived perennial, sod-forming grass that grows 2 to 4 feet tall. Smooth Bromegrass spreads by creeping rhizomes and is one of the most productive nutritious and palatable forage grasses in the north central states. It withstands hot, dry weather and has a long growing season.

Recommended usage: Saline-salt areas that are difficult to get established. For land where nothing else will grow, used more for vegetative cover rather than hay production due to extreme conditions it is generally exposed to.


Native Pasture™ Mix

This mixture of northern adapted warm and cool season grasses has been specially selected for optimum forage yields from spring through fall. This unique mixture of native grasses is targeted for the specialty livestock market, and performs equally well for domestic livestock production. 

Sold in 25 lb. bags Plant 15-25 lbs. per acre

Product % of Mix
Western Wheatgrass 20%
Big Bluestem 20%
Green Needlegrass 15%
Indiangrass 15%
Sideoats Grama 10%
Little Bluestem 10%
Blue Grama 5%
Slender Wheatgrass 5%

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Western Wheatgrass (20%)
Western Wheatgrass is a native, cool season, perennial, sod forming grass, which reproduces from underground rhizomes. Western Wheatgrass spreads rapidly and forms a dense sod, making it valuable for erosion control. Under good conditions, it produces an abundance of forage early in the season that is nutritious and readily eaten by livestock until late summer when it becomes harsh and fibrous. It makes a good quality hay if cut during the late bloom, and can stand close grazing. Western Wheatgrass will do well on a wide range of soils, from sands to clays and is very tolerant to alkali.

Big Bluestem (20%)
Big blue is a warm season, perennial bunch grass that grows to a height of 3 to 8 feet. It has roots that permeate the top two feet of soil. Big Bluestem is adapted to moist, deep, well-drained soils. Big Bluestem is very palatable and nutritious although, if continuously grazed closer than 6 to 8 inches, will be replaced by less desirable grasses. It also works well in pure stands and is used extensively for nesting habitat, and reclamation projects.

Green Needlegrass (15%)
Green needle is a cool season, perennial bunch type grass that grows from 1 1/2 to 3 feet tall. It is a native grass that grows on medium to fine textured soils. Green Needlegrass starts growth early in the spring, and is nutritious, palatable, and remains green throughout the year. Stand establishment may be slow because of high dormant seed percentage.

Indiangrass (15%)
Indian is a warm season grass that spreads by seed and short rhizomes. It grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet and will grow on sandy soil, it is better adapted to moist well-drained bottomlands. Indiangrass exhibits moderate salt tolerance and will withstand occasional flooding. It makes good quality hay, and is found primarily in the tall grass prairie, and mixed-grass prairie. Primary use is in wildlife habitat and native range and pasture mixtures.

Sideoats Grama (10%)
Side Oats Grama is a warm season, erect native perennial grass that grows in tufts and open bunches to a height of 1 to 2 feet tall. It is more tolerant to drought than Indiangrass or Big Bluestem. It grows fast in late spring and early summer and stays green late into the summer. Side Oats Grama has good forage value and is grazed mostly in late summer and fall. It is found primarily on poorly developed shallow soiled, steep slopes, and ridgetops. Primary use is in grass mixtures for rangeland seeding and its excellent seedling vigor allows rapid establishment.

Little Bluestem (10%)
A warm season, leafy perennial grass that grows to a height of 1 to 4 feet. It can be grazed and has good forage value when the leaves are tender. It does not cure well and has moderate palatability for fall or winter grazing. Recommended in a mixture of warm season grasses for erosion control or summer pasture.

Blue Grama (5%)
A warm season short tufted perennial of the mixed grass prairie that is widely distributed on medium to heavy soils throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota. It has high drought tolerance on all soil types. Primarily used in rangeland seed mixes, low maintenance turf areas and roadsides.

Slender Wheatgrass (5%)
A short-lived, cool-season, perennial bunchgrass. It is primarily used in seed mixtures of introduced and native grasses due to its excellent seed vigor, ease of establishment and fast growth. Plants lose vigor, and decline in abundance within three to four years. Presence in mixtures improves stand productivity, especially during the first production year, until other grasses become better established. It possesses a high tolerance to salinealkali soils

Recommended usage: Designed for people who want a native pasture, ‘Old time native prairie’, ‘natural’ looking field. A relatively expensive mixture that takes 2-3 years to get well established, due to the high percentage of warm season grasses which are slower to establish.

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