[et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]Fowler Seed Marketing has developed two unique forage mixes for use with the Ohio Working Lands Buffer Program in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The program offers $120/acre/year when farmers convert cropland buffer strips 50′-300′ wide into perennial vegetative cover (forage or hay) in sensitive surface water runoff areas for five years. Both FSM Brand mixtures meet the multi-species and 50% cool season grass requirements of the buffer program with varieties appropriate to poorly drained or moderate to well-drained soils.
FSM LEWLB-WD helps reduce nutrient and sediment run-off with a combination of perennial forage species which also produce a profitable hay crop. Alfalfa takes up significant amounts of phosphorus making it an important asset for the program. FSM Brand alfalfas have proven yield punch, winter-hardiness, outstanding disease and pest resistance as well as fine-stems and numerous leaves. The minimum of 50% cool season grass components include endophyte free tall fescue, late maturing orchardgrass, and Italian ryegrass.
FSM LEWLB-PD combines densely-rooted grasses with moisture tolerant legumes to accomplish the dual goals of reducing sediment and nutrient run-off and productive, quality, cool season grass hay. In addition to Italian ryegrass, late-maturing timothy, and endophyte-free tall fescue, FSM Brand LEWLB-PD contains trefoil and red clover. Trefoil is a legume that thrives in soils too wet for alfalfa. When given adequate nutrients, it will contribute yield and protein to hay produced on these soils. Low-pubescence Freedom red clover can last up to 3 years without reseeding. It is the best choice to maximize the legume component of hay on poorly drained soils with minimal dust and mold issues.