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IowaBowHunter1983

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I’ve done this several times , soaking in water for 24 hours , fridge for 30 days dry and plant . I did work the ground before I planted went heavy on atrazine 4 qts . Planted June 1 and had a great stand . I mixed in some pearl millet small amount was told if millet takes CIR would don’t know about that but both came up and great clean stand .


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How did you dry the seed after soaking it in water?
 

Jbohn

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How did you dry the seed after soaking it in water?

I spread out a tarp . Put seed on it (Sunny Day ) used a rake to move seed around every time top layer looked dry . Few hours seed was dry enough to plant . Tarp was easy to push seed in pile at end and scoops up .. I used big tarp so I could spread seed out good to dry . Didn’t take long .


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Jbohn

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8 pounds per acre.

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That’s good for a solid stand , thought if you used less you could get a bit more and drill . You’ll be good . Switch is waiting game drove me nuts first year . Year 2 I was happy . Year 3 proud of myself :)

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MN Slick

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Issue you will have is switch needs to stratify (freeze/thaw multiple times). Maybe you have done this an alternative way?

I have not but got the information from Real World Wildlife Products. He just puts the bag of seed in the freezer for a couple weeks then removes it for a week and repeats the process 4-5 times. He goes on to state you can look at the seed tag to see how much dormant seed is there. The dormant seeds are the ones that would benefit from stratification while the other seeds would likely germinate without stratification.

At this point I'm considering having the ground cropped again this year so I'm better prepared.
 

jlwdvm

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University of Nebraska has a good video on establishing switch grass for biofuel harvest. They give info on planting and herbicide recommendations. I had CIR seed from Pheasants Forever drilled last June. We didn't do anything to the seed accept open the bag and dump it into the drill. It was sprouting in a little over 2 weeks.
 

IowaBowHunter1983

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Checked some switch today that I burned a couple weeks ago. Its 12" tall.


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