Information and Resources
This is a complete guide to seeding rates, planting dates, seed depth recommendations, and notes about specific species.
Information sheets, soil sample boxes and sampling instructions can be obtained from your local UT Extension office or look online at http://ag.tennessee.edu/spp/Pages/default.aspx. These materials provide necessary information and guidelines for collecting and mailing samples to the laboratory.
No-till plantings can be successful, as long as the proper procedures are followed. If a no-till seeding fails, the reason can usually be traced to one of the points listed in this information. Planning ahead for soil testing, drill calibration and weed control are critical steps to follow for No-till establishment.
Cover crops are a valuable management tool for conventional and organic vegetable growers alike. Cover crops can improve soil quality by preventing erosion and nitrate leaching, by providing nitrogen and organic matter to the soil for the subsequent growing season, and by reducing weed, disease and insect pressure.
Planting the proper amount of switchgrass seed at the appropriate depth can be assured by accurately adjusting and calibrating the drill before each planting. This process is very important in the successful establishment of switchgrass, as proper calibration can mean the difference between successful planting and complete failure.
Planting native warm-season grasses is different than planting many of the other crops or forage species you may have worked with in the past. Their small seeds, slow germination and small seedlings that are vulnerable to competition present a number of challenges for establishment.
No-till seeding of alfalfa can help prevent erosion, as well as conserve moisture, decrease water runoff and save time and labor. The cost of establishment is usually less for no- till, because chemical costs are lower than the cost of preparing a conventional seedbed.