Hay & Pasture

For over six decades Hannas Seeds has been supplying Alberta farmers with hay and pasture mixtures to suit their particular needs and conditions.

Soil Areas for Forage Crops

Area 1 (Brown Soil)

Oyen, Brooks,Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Coutts

Drought tolerant species (Russian Wildrye, Altai Wildrye, Crested Wheatgrass) Alfalfa mixed with any of the previous to increase capacity

Area 2 (Dark Brown Soil)

Provost, Stettler, Hanna, Standard, Calgary, Lethbridge, Pincher Creek

Areas with less moisture – Crested Wheatgrass, Russian Wildrye, Altai Wildrye, Sweet Clover, Alfalfa

Areas with more moisture – Alfalfa, Bromegrass, Pubescent & Intermediate Wheatgrass, Timothy

Area 3 (Black Soil)

Vermillion, Vegreville, Edmonton, Lacombe, Red Deer, Olds

Winter-hardy grasses and legumes (Alfalfa, Bromegrasses)

Alsike & Red Clover, Timothy and Creeping Red Fescue

Area 4 (Gray Luvisol Soil)

Ft. Kent, Bonnyville, Lac La Biche, Westlock, Edson, Drayton Valley

Alfalfa, Alsike & Red Clover, Bromegrasses, Timothy, Creeping Red Fescue

Legumes and Forages are important for soil condition improvement.

Rotation of grain crop and forage is important.

Use of fertilizer greatly improves soil conditions.

Luvisol soil lacks Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sulphur

Legumes = Nitrogen

Fertilizer = Phosphorus and Sulphur

Area 5 (Gray Soil)

Ft. Vermillion, Peace River, Fairview, Falher, High Prairie, Beaverlodge

Rainfall is variable with lengthy periods of drought.

Bromegrasses, Creeping Red Fescue and Alfalfa are well adapted.

Crested Wheatgrass and other dry land species are also appropriate.

Timothy and Alsike & Red Clover for areas with more moisture.

Main hay and feed crops for livestock usually include Alfalfa with Bromegrass and Orchardgrass.

Tall Fescue, Tall Wheatgrass, and Reed Canary Grass are important in land reclamation and irrigated farms.

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