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.



The importance of choosing the right crop for a particular area or location cannot be too strongly emphasized. The following table indicates soil and climatic conditions to which various forage species are adapted.


*Rate of Seeding — lbs. per Acre

Alfalfa — 8 to 10 — Prefers moist but well-drained soils. Unequalled as a forage crop.

Alsike — 5 to 6 — Useful where moisture is adequate; on low lands, in areas subject to flooding, and in the cooler, irrigated areas.

Red Clover (Altaswede) — 7 to 8 — Adapted generally to the grey-wooded and black soils.

Sweet Clover — 8 to 12 — Wide adaptation. Especially useful on alkaline and clay soils. Sweet clover weevil may be a problem in some areas.


Brome — 10 to 12 — Adapted to wide range of moisture conditions. Makes good growth throughout the summer.

Creeping Red Fescue — 6 to 8 — A useful grass except where moisture is limited. Good pasture from spring to late fall. Extensive root system.

Crested Wheat — 6 to 10 — Thrives on the dry, open plains, and on sandy soils in other areas. Makes early spring and late fall growth. Extensive root system.

Timothy — 5 to 6 — Likes rich, moist soils and cool temperatures. Stands are short lived.

Slender Wheatgrass — 10 to 12 — Useful for alkali salty and spring flooded land. Fair hay and pasture. Stands are short lived.

Reed Canary Grass — 6 to 8 — Very tolerant of flooding. Good pasture, coarse hay. Develops a tough sod.

Orchard Grass — 10 to 12 — An excellent grass under irrigation. May winter kill farther north.

Tall Wheatgrass — 10 to 12 — Useful for wet, alkaline soils. Makes fair hay or pasture.

* In very dry areas, not over half the maximum rates given above should be used, and rows should be twice as far apart, e.g., crested wheatgrass should be seeded at 3 to 5 pounds per acre in rows 12" to 14" apart.


Mixtures have several advantages over grasses or legumes sown alone.

1. Legumes increase the feeding value and bulk of the mixture, and since they add nitrogen to the soil they help maintain soil fertility.

2. Grasses fill the soil with needed root fibre. When grown with legumes they furnish hay that is easier to cure, and pastures from which there is less danger of bloating.
3. Mixtures are higher yielding than pure species and remain productive for a longer period of time. They also provide better seasonal distribution of herbage.

4. They are adapted to a much wider range of soil and moisture conditions than either a single grass or a single legume species.




Parkland Mixture


25% Smooth Bromegrass,


15% Orchardgrass, Amba


15% Perennial Ryegrass


15% Timothy, Alma


10% Creeping Red Fescue


10% Meadow Fescue


5% Alfalfa, Hannas
High Tech Brand


5% Alsike Clover


Mixture A for Semi-Dry,  Dark Brown Soils


65% Meadow Bromegrass, Fleet


35% Alfalfa, Hannas
High Tech Brand


Mixture B for Semi-Dry,  Dark Brown Soils


35% Crested Wheatgrass, Kirk


25% Smooth Bromegrass, Carlton


20% Alfalfa, Hannas
High Tech Brand


20% Slender Wheatgrass


Mixture D for Pasture


40% Meadow Bromegrass, Fleet


30% Orchardgrass, Amba


20% Timothy, Alma


5% Alsike Clover


5% Red Clover


Mixture G for Hay


55% Alfalfa, Hannas
High Tech Brand


15% Orchardgrass, Amba


15% Smooth Bromegrass, Carlton


15% Timothy, Alma


Mixture I for Hay


90% Alfalfa, Hannas
High Tech Brand


10% Timothy, Alma


Mixture J for Hay


50% Alfalfa, Hannas
High Tech Brand


50% Smooth Bromegrass, Carlton


Mixture K for Hay & Pasture


25% Orchardgrass, Amba


20% Meadow Bromegrass, Fleet


20% Smooth Bromegrass, Carlton


15% Timothy, Alma


10% Tall Fescue


  5% Alsike Clover

  5% Red Clover



Parkland Mix with Meadow Brome, Fleet



Lowland Mixture


35% Orchardgrass, Potomac


25% Timothy, Alma


20% Tall Fescue


10% Alsike Clover


10% Reed Canary Grass, Palaton


Hi-Pro Ranchman's Pasture Mix


25% Orchardgrass, Amba


20% Timothy, Alma


15% Creeping Red Fescue


15% Perennial Ryegrass


15% Meadow Fescue


10% Kentucky Bluegrass






50% Creeping red fescue


30% Kentucky bluegrass


20% Crested whetagrass, Fairway


5% White clover


Low Grow


25% Creeping Red Fescue, Xeric


25% Kentucky Bluegrass, KenBlue


25% Perennial Ryegrass


20% Sheep Fescue, Certified


5% Colonial Bentgrass, Highland


Deluxe Velvet Green


55% Kentucky Bluegrass, 5 Star Brand


40% Creeping Red Fescue


5% Colonial Bentgrass, Highland


Hardy Morningside Playground


35% Creeping Red Fescue


35% Kentucky Bluegrass, 5 Star Brand


25% Crested Wheatgrass, Fairway


5% Annual Ryegrass


General Lawn Cover


45% Creeping Red Fescue


45% Kentucky Bluegrass


10% Annual Ryegrass

*Prices subject to change without notice*  *All legumes are pre-inoculated with Nitragin Gold*

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