Even though you’ve taken care to properly seed and establish your new forage stand, weather does not always co-operate. BrettYoung offers a Forage Guarantee on premium products that will cover 100% or 50% of the replacement seed cost if there is an establishment failure, depending on when you enrol in the program, order seed and use a cover crop.
Program Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the program the following criteria must be met:
• Order seed and enrol in the program by April 1, 2018, and seed without a cover crop to be eligible for 100% coverage on replacement seed if there is an establishment failure.
• Enrol in the program by April 30, 2018, or seed with a cover crop to be eligible for 50% coverage on replacement seed if there is an establishment failure.
• Stand must be planted by June 30, 2018.
• Products or blend components used must qualify for the program.
• Must fulfil Agronomic Requirements as outlined on page 50 of the BrettYoung 2018 Forage Guide.
• Replacement seed under the Forage Guarantee is provided only once for the area of the stand that failed to establish and must be seeded in that area.
• Replacement seed will be of the same variety or mixture as originally purchased, subject to availability.
• Replacement seed must be planted in the original year of seeding or in the spring of the following year.
• Good agronomic seeding preparations and stand establishment practices must be followed and documented as outlined on page 52 of the BrettYoung 2018 Forage Guide.
• When a cover crop is used, grower is only eligible for 50% coverage.
• April 1, 2018: Deadline to order seed and enrol in the program to be eligible for 100% coverage.
• April 30, 2018: Deadline to enrol in the program to be eligible for 50% coverage.
• June 30, 2018: Seeding deadline on eligible forage stands.
• Within 60 days of seeding or July 30, 2018: Deadline to notify BrettYoung Regional Account Manager of stand establishment concerns.
To receive replacement seed of qualifying varieties, all of the seeding preparation and agronomic practices noted below must be followed and documented.
Time of Seeding
• Forage seed must be planted before June 30, 2018
• Forage seed planted with a cover crop will only qualify for 50%coverage
When using a cover crop, it must be seeded at one half or less of the normal seeding rate and harvested as greenfeed or silage. To reduce lodging and severe competition from the cover crop, the soil nitrogen and applied nitrogen must not exceed 50 pounds of actual nitrogen per acre.
• Seed must be planted in a firm, well-prepared seedbed that has had proper weed control, crop residue management and good seed-to-soil contact.
Seeding Depth and Packing
• Forage seed must be seeded to a depth of one-half to one-quarter inch. Broadcast seeding operations must be incorporated and packed immediately, no deeper than the above depth.
• Minimum seeding rates appropriate for the cropping zones and area must be followed. In the drier regions, this minimum rate is 8 pounds per acre for alfalfa and BrettYoung pasture mixes. In higher moisture regions, the minimum is 12 pounds per acre for alfalfa and pasture mixes.
Weed and Insect Infestation
• The BrettYoung Forage Guarantee is not available in the event of excessive weed competition or insect infestation.
• Action must be taken to control weeds as necessary. Reasonable control and monitoring of insects, mainly grasshoppers, is required.
Fertility and Soil pH
• Soil pH for alfalfa plantings must be between 6.5 and 8.5. A satisfactory soil test showing current soil conditions must be available. Forage seed planted in an area where improper fertility and soil pH are present will be ineligible for the Forage Guarantee.
• No more than 15 pounds of P2O5 should be placed in the seed row with the seed. Higher rates must be banded away from the seed row to avoid seedling damage.
• Stand damage due to chemical residue is not eligible for replanting under the Forage Guarantee.
• Your BrettYoung Regional Account Manager must be notified within 60 days of seeding or by July 30, 2018. By this date, with corrective management such as weed or insect control, the forage stand will continue to establish to its full potential.
The cover crop must be seeded at one-third to one-half of the normal seeding rate. Seed forages in a separate pass at an angle to your cover crop to reduce competition and to aid in depth control. Remove the cover crop as early as possible rather than harvesting the grain. This will reduce the amount of competition for sunlight, moisture and nutrients.