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Native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
Hire a custom seeder
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Non-native forage mix
Broadcast (rough terrain and difficult access)
Plant seed myself with my own equipment
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Input details about your plans to seed rangeland
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Practice:
Range Planting (NRCS CPS 550): Seeding forages to improve rangeland condition
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What kind of forages will you be planting?Non-native forage mix5
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How do you plan to plant the seed?Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access) 6
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Who will be planting the seed?Hire a custom seeder7
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Area to be applied40
acres. NOTE: 20 acre minimum for most local custom seeders.
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Number of different fields2fields
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MALT-protected?yes
MALT's SAP program can assist with cost-share to MALT-protected properties
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Important grant requirements
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Required veriffication includes:(1) Receipts of seeds purchased
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(2) Species, seeding/planting rate
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(3) Documentation of planting method (farming log and photos)
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(4) Visible plants at verification
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Application automatically populates your budget with $50 per year per soil sample needed. You need one sample per field. Make sure to enter the correct number. MRCD or MALT can assist with sampling.
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This grant requires that you take soil samples from your 2 fields before planting seed, and again after one year and two years following initial implementation (3 rounds of soil sampling on each field). You must send these to lab for analysis. MRCD or MALT can assist with sampling.
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Non-native forage mix is defined as 'three species mix - cool season and introduced perennial grass'
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For non-native forage seeding to be successful, plan to keep livestock off of the seeded area until plants get established.
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You plan to plant seed using a no-till drill. The fields must be accessible for tractors and wide machinery. The fields must not be excessively rocky or steep.
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You will arrange for seed to planted by a custom operator on the chosen fields at the appropriate seeding rate.
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Contact your custom seeder about specfic coniderations such as mininum acreage, width of gates for equipment access, location, etc.
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Cost estimates for rangeland seeding
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Example seeding rate18lbs/acre
* seed rate may be adjusted upward based on conditions
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Total quantiity of seed828lbs of seed (includes 15% extra)
example cost of seed mix from LeBallister's is roughly $1.94 per pound.
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Cost of seed$1,606* not accounting for seed shipment/pickup
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Cost of planting seed$2,900
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Total Project Cost:$5,334* all numbers are approximate
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CDFA funding reimbursement$6,562* all numbers are approximate
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MALT SAP funding reimbursement$0* all numbers are approximate
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Cost to landowner after reimbursement$0* all numbers are approximate
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Supporting information
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CDFA pay rate Native species broadcast $546Native forage mixBroadcast (rough terrain and difficult access)20
lbs/ac seed rate
$10cost/lb
Non-native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
(1) Native adapted perennial species (native forb, cool season and native perennial grass)
(2) Seeding rate is 18 lb/acre pure live seed
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CDFA pay rate Native species low forb drilled$343Native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
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lbs/ac seed rate
$10cost/lb
Non-native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
(1) Predominately native adapted perennial species (native forb, cool season and native perennial grass)
(2) no-till or range drill
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CDFA pay rate Nonnative species broadcast$207Non-native forage mixBroadcast (rough terrain and difficult access)35
lbs/ac seed rate
$2cost/lb
Non-native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
(1) Three Species Mix - cool season and introduced perennial grass
(2) Seedbed preparation
(3) Seeding rate:18 lb/acre pure live seed
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CDFA pay rate Nonnative species drilled $164Non-native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
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lbs/ac seed rate
$2cost/lb
Non-native forage mix
Seed drill (ground is not too rough or rocky and has tractor access)
(1) Three Species Mix - cool season and introduced perennial grass
(2) No-till planting
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MALT SAP cost share of remaining costs85%percent of costs after CDFA funding0% for non-MALT-protected properties.
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Equipment hauling$500.00flat rate hauling to and from site
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Custom seeding cost$60$ per acre
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