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Whether you are looking for individual forage seeds or desire a diverse seed mixture for your livestock, Rivard’s can help find what you are looking for to increase returns on your production acres. We have designed ten premium forage seed mixes which address special conditions we face in our northern regions. If one of our mixes is not quite what you are looking for, please let us know and we can custom mix exactly what fits your situation.

B: Biannual
P: Perennial
A: Annual

Legumes Type Rate/Ac. # Best Use
Alsike Clover P 8-10 Poorly Drained Soils
Berseem Clover A 10-12 Any Soil, Cover Crop
Birdsfoot Trefoil P 6-8 Wet Soils
Cicer Milkvetch P 15-20 Grazing, Haying, Erosion Control
Crimson Clover A 10-12 Nitrogen Building, Cover Crop
Crownvetch P 15-20 Grazing, Erosion Control
Ladino White Clover P 5-8 Any Soil, Grazing
Medium Red Clover P 8-10 Use in Forage Mixes, Soil Building
Sanfoin P 40-50 Dry Soils, Grazing
White Dutch Clover P 5-8 Nitrogen Building, Ground cover
Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover B 10-12 Wildlife, Reclamation, Soil Building
Field Grasses Type Rate/Ac. # Best Use
AC Saltlander Wheatgrass P 8-12 Saline Soils
Annual Ryegrass A 20-30 Quick Forage, Most Soils
Brome, Meadow P 10-15 Grazing, Haying, Erosion Control
Brome, Smooth P 15-20 All Soil, Graze, Hay, Erosion Control
Creeping Foxtail P 5-6 Wet Soils, Grazing, Haying
Crested Wheatgrass P 10-15 Dry Soils, Grazing, Haying
Intermediate Wheatgrass P 10-15 Most Soils, Grazing, Haying
Italian Ryegrass B 15-25 Quick Forage, Most Soils, Hay, Graze
Kentucky Bluegrass-Ginger P 20-25 Livestock Grazing
Orchardgrass P 10-15 Grazing, Haying, Well Drained Soil
Perennial Ryegrass-Tetraploid B 15-35 Most Soils, Grazing, Haying
Pubescent Wheatgrass P 10-15 Most Soils, Grazing, Haying
Redtop P 8-10 Wet Soils, Grazing, Haying, Erosion
Reed Canarygrass P 8-10 Wet Soils, Grazing, Haying
Tall Fescue (Forage/Endo Free) P 20-25 Most Soils, Grazing, Haying
Teff Grass A 8-10 Most Soils, Warm Season Haying
Timothy P 8-10 Most Soils, Grazing, Haying

Please ask for seeds & mixtures not listed.

All Purpose Beef Hay & Pasture Mix:

(15#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
One may prefer the first cutting to be harvested mechanically and pasture thereafter. Once established this mix will provide high quality pasture throughout the growing season. It is widely adapted to most soil types.

35% Orchardgrass
15% Forage Tall Fescue
20% Perennial Ryegrass
20% Meadow Brome
10% Timothy

Dryland Hay & Pasture Mix:

(15#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
A widely adapted mix of drought tolerant cool season grasses that will extend yields. Known for quality and longevity, this high tonnage mix will not disappoint.

40% Pubescent Wheatgrass
25% Crested Wheatgrass
15% Meadow Brome
10% Tall Fescue
10% Annual Ryegrass

Bigger Beef Hay & Pasture Mix:

(15#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
Bigger diversity, bigger yields, bigger rewards. A great combination of grass and legumes that will work for a broad range of field conditions.

30% Alfalfa
15% Meadow Brome
15% Forage Tall Fescue
15% Perennial Ryegrass
10% Timothy
10% Orchardgrass
5% Medium Red Clover

Beefcake Hay & Pasture Mix:

(15#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
This Mixture represents an economical means of establishing high quality forage. We can expect two cuttings per season along with a graze. It is adapted to somewhat heavy as well as lighter soils.

20% Pubescent Wheatgrass
20% Crested Wheatgrass
10% Meadow Brome
10% Annual Ryegrass
40% Creeping Alfalfa

Northern Pasture Mix:

(15#-Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
A hearty cold tolerant forage mix that is designed to withstand the northern challenges as well as perform with a high production high quality forage product.

50% Alfalfa
20% Orchardgrass
15% Alsike Clover
10% Timothy
5% Birdsfoot Trefoil

Legume Hay Mix:

(15#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
A perfect combination of small seeded legumes with a touch of high quality timothy grass. Great for hay production.

50% Alfalfa
20% Red Clover
20% Timothy
10% Alsike Clover

Salt Area Mix:

(15-25#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
Offers producers and land owners a new option for pasture and hay. Designed to maximize forage production in troubled areas. Also a good all purpose mix in troubled areas.

20% AC Saltlander
(Green Wheatgrass)
20% Western Wheatgrass
20% Intermediate Wheatgrass
20% Smooth Brome
20% Slender Wheatgrass

Northland Waterway Hay Mix:

(25#/Acre) All Season Seeding Depth: 1/4″
A quick durable cover that establishes fast and stands the test of time. Great for use along draws where water may flow. Designed to curb erosion and attain a highly palatable forage.

30% Brome
30% Tall Fescue
25% Perennial Ryegrass
15% Timothy

Premium Horse Hay & Pasture Mix:

(25-30#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
This mixture is adapted to most soil types, but it should do especially well on medium to somewhat lighter soil types. By using these four species the season is extended from very early in the spring to well into the fall season.

40% Orchardgrass
25% Perennial Ryegrass
20% Timothy
15% Ginger Kentucky Bluegrass

Horseshoe Hay & Pasture Mix:

(25-30#/Acre) Spring/Fall Seeding Depth: 1/4″
This mixture is adapted to most soil types but it can do especially well on lighter soils under normal climatic conditions. You can salvage 2-3 cuttings of prime horse hay.

40% Pubescent Wheatgrass
25% Crested Wheatgrass
15% Meadow Brome
10% Tall Fescue
10% Annual Ryegrass


1. Select desired seeds for your acres

Species, varieties, and mixtures to be seeded.

2. Use high quality seed

Rivard’s Turf & Forage has an impeccable reputation for servicing the Hay and Pasture industry with top notch seed. We will get you going in the right direction.

3. Prepare desirable seedbed

Clean & firm so that you do not sink more than 1/2″ with your boot. Good seed to soil contact is essential to maintain proper moisture for germination.

4. Proper timing of seeding

Choose ideal season & conditions. Depending on what you are planting, choose the proper time to allow your seed the best chance to thrive. Keep an eye on future weather forecasts.

5. Choose Planting Method

Drill, no-till, broadcast, frost seed, dormant. Use the planting method which works best for your operation and situation.

6. Manage new seeding

Fertilizer, weed control, grazing & mechanical pressure.
It is important to manage and maintain your new seeding so that plants will establish and take root so that animals will not pull them out in a too early in grazing situations. Follow soil test recommendations on fertilizer requirements and follow labels on using herbicides on weeds. Clipping weeds is also an option.