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Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby BIGHOSS » Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:35 pm

During the past week with the snow and ice on the ground, I overseeded my hayfield (about 2 acres). We got snow and ice Monday, so on Tues dressed in my long johns, I seeded red clover and orchard grass in some thin areas. I walked using a 40 year old cyclone worn out hand held seeder. Then we woke up Weds morning with a new 1+ inch snowfall. This made the seeds sandwiched in between a layer of ice and snow. This is the prime time of year and ideal conditions to improve my stand of grass and clover. Maybe I will get a better stand. We'll see.

But, I said all of those boring details to say this: I am too old, tired and lazy to continue seeding this way. I am looking for a better and easier method of sowing grass seed. I have a 3 pt hitch large cone shaped spreader that is fine for fertilizer, but not accurate enough for fine seeds.

So what can I use to accurately seed new and old fields?
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby Mr E » Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:46 pm

Ron,
When you say not accurate enough, I want to hear more. Mine did a good job with rye grass seed, but only put out roughly 1/2 what the settings indicated. Had to run over it again. Are you seeing similar results?
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby BIGHOSS » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Roy my old cyclone seeder is just flat worn out, In it's day it was fine, but I was much younger and did not mind walking as much. I could just replace it but want to look at other options to make it easier on me. My 3 point hitch spreader like I said, is fine for fertilizer but not so good for seed. It either spreads too much and you run out of seed or not enough so you have to go over it several times. If you mix seed and fertilizer it works better, but the seed will not be spread as far as the fertilizer.

The Herd brand that hunters on their 4 wheelers use for food plots is supposed to be pretty accurate, I have no personal experience with it. Our local CO-OP has one for rent that I need to look at.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:51 pm

I don't remember the brand, and too cold to go look, but I have one of the cheap ATV ones I bought from the local farm supply store and made a frame to put it on the front of my ZTR. I made a splash guard to keep the seed away from me, but I use it for over seeding the yard when needed, fertilizing yard and garden, have seeded food plots for neighbor, etc. and had good coverage and rates were fairly close, though with a little practice you can get pretty good at fine tuning.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby BIGHOSS » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:54 pm

John when it gets warmer, some pics of your setup would be nice. No hurry, I am finished seeding for this spring.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby Don McCombs » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:29 pm

My brother and I use Earthway seeders like this to seed food plots for turkey and deer. They work very well for that application. The max size for those is about a quarter acre each, but we have multiple plots.

http://earthway.com/product/3100-profes ... eader.ashx
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby Bob McCarty » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:07 pm

"dressed in my long johns", I hope you wore more than that. :D

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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby BIGHOSS » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:09 pm

Bob, I knew that some of you guys would pick up on that statement. I was just too lazy to mention my other layers of clothing.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby Eugene » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:22 pm

I have one like John. 12 volt, mounted, bolted, to a 3-point carrier. Purchased years ago from farm store.

The throat, adjustment on the spreader is good for very fine grass seed and will open up to spread pelletized lime.

To darn cold to put my long johns on so I can run out to the shop and check the brand name.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby Scrivet » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:05 pm

Eugene wrote:.........To darn cold to put my long johns on so I can run out to the shop and check the brand name.
Wouldn't it be easier to check the brand name of your long johns in the house before you put them on? :? :wink: :lol:
This thread is heading downhill faster than a toboggan! :D

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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby Eugene » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:24 pm

Scrivet wrote:This thread is heading downhill faster than a toboggan! :D
At least down hill is directional.

Same with current weather forecast. Currently 16 degrees, today's high, headed to 4 degrees tonight. So, not putting on my long johns to go any where.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:37 am

16 degrees Eugene, only 6 here went down to 0last night. forecast for today has been raised from 17 to 20. May just wear a short sleeve shirt. yeah right.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:06 pm

Got up to 25 degrees today so I made an excursion to the shed. The spreader is the cheapest one I could find, around $45 at the time I think.

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The ZTR had 4 bolts on the front that I replaced with longer ones as a starting point. A couple of pieces of angle iron cut so the spreader bars could be clamped to them, then welded to a pouple angle irons drilled to fit the bolts on the front.

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It came with curved bars and J bolts to mount it on the rear cargo carrier of an ATV.

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With it mounted on the front it is easier to reach controls and with the arthritis in my neck much easier to keep track of spreading width. It is not pictured, but comes with a pair of power wires, with switch, and quick connect.

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The final touch was a scrap of fiberglass left over from installing a new tub for Mom several years ago. That helps keep the flying seed and fertilizer off me and the mower.

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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby BIGHOSS » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:57 am

Thanks John. Looks like a good efficient setup. Should work on a 3 pt. hitch with a little adapting, as I do not have a 4-wheeler. Would need to be mounted close enough so feed rate lever can be reached from tractor seat.
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Re: Pasture/Hayfield Seed Sower

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:39 am

Mounting it on a 3 pt I would suggest getting a bigger one than I did, that one is usually empty in about 10 minutes, maybe 15 at most of actual spreading time.
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