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Contributors to this thread:
Osceola 07-Dec-19
t-roy 07-Dec-19
weekender21 08-Dec-19
BullBuster 08-Dec-19
Osceola 08-Dec-19
Killbuck 11-Jan-20
goyt 11-Jan-20
stick n string 11-Jan-20
t-roy 11-Jan-20
Killbuck 11-Jan-20
From: Osceola
07-Dec-19
Can a person frost seed too early? Are there any draw backs?

I usually frost seed in February or March. The weather here has been in the low 50s during the day and down to 20s at night.

Is there any reason why I shouldn't frost seed chicory and clover in my existing plots now?

From: t-roy
07-Dec-19
I would think there could be the possibility of potentially losing more of your seed by frost seeding now vs Feb/March, from possible heavy rains, snowmelt, birds (to a far lesser extent), etc. If you aren’t pressed for time in Feb/March, I would prefer to doing it then. Of course, those things could also happen in late winter as well, but you would be reducing the chance of seed loss by waiting, IMO.

From: weekender21
08-Dec-19
The only way it might be too early is when the seed has an opportunity to germinate, but just barley, and a hard freeze follows. You may damage or kill plants in that early stage. Planting in the fall allows roots to become established before a hard freeze arrives, that's why the optimum time to plant clover is the fall. I broadcast WR last November and my plot looked great by turkey season but...I have no way to know if the WR that I put down in November survived or if it was all from my September planting.

From: BullBuster
08-Dec-19
I would think rodents may also contribute to seed loss. However I will be snow seeding the end of this month solely because I’ll be mulching the heck out of the plot with my wood chipper. I want the seed under the mulch.

From: Osceola
08-Dec-19
I am not pressed for time, so I believe I will wait. Thanks.

08-Dec-19
+troy

From: Killbuck
11-Jan-20
I'm never frost seeding again. Last year I frost seeded med red clover into my white clover plots. I went to mow it during summer. I could literally count on my fingers the red clover plants in 3 1 acre fields. Germination was probably 1 in 10,000 seeds. Never wasting that $$ again.

From: goyt
11-Jan-20
I have only frost seeded white clover but my results have always been good.

11-Jan-20
We frost seeded in feb/march the log roads after logging was done, i will never spend another dime to seed it any other way....

From: t-roy
11-Jan-20
Maybe it was all that liquid calcium, Killbuck ;-)

From: Killbuck
11-Jan-20
coulda been!

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