Fowler Seed Marketing

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Serving Your Seed & Soil Fertility Needs Since 1995!

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.

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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.