AU Grazer® performs best on acidic soils (PH of 6.5 or lower). It should be planted
in a well-prepared seed bed after the threat of frost and before the onset of severe summer heat. Because AU Grazer® seed are small
(approximately 372,000 seed per pound), they should not be planted too deeply or in clods. Seed can be planted with a cultipacker
or with a grain drill at a depth of 1/4 inch. Coating seed with an inoculation improves seedling vigor. Our experience indicates
that AU Grazer® should be planted at a rate of 20-25 pounds per acre.
The hardiness and longevity of your stand depends upon the establishment of a mature
root system. Therefore, AU Grazer® should be grazed and/or hayed very sparingly in the first year. Once established, a well-managed
stand of AU Grazer® will last for many years. Though AU Grazer® is bred to withstand grazing and/or haying pressure, it should not
be over-grazed. It is a long-stemmed, fast-growing plant. The fresh growth portions of the plant are the most nutritious. Plants
should not be grazed or cut below four inches. The optimal height for harvesting high quality AU Grazer® hay is 12 to 15 inches.