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Time to frost seed

I am hoping to frost seed some clover next week in Susquehanna county. The weather looks like it will be high 40s during the day and below freezing at night for a good 10 days.

For the past 12 or so years that I have been frost seeding and I never thought about this. Is it better to frost seed while the ground is frozen or later in the day. I personally don't think it matters.

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I am hoping to frost seed some clover next week in Susquehanna county. The weather looks like it will be high 40s during the day and below freezing at night for a good 10 days.

For the past 12 or so years that I have been frost seeding and I never thought about this. Is it better to frost seed while the ground is frozen or later in the day. I personally don't think it matters.


I don't think it matters as it is the thawing/freezing action that gets the seed down in the ground. I know some people that like to do it on top of snow as you can see where you have already seeded.

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This looks like the weekend for my perennial clover in Potter Co. Just returned from southern Michigan, was on a habitat tour of Jake Ehlinger's property so i'm all excited to get something done on the farm
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I frost seeded this past weekend up in Tioga county. There was about 2 inches of snow on the ground so we will see what happens. Being that I live 4 hours from property and next time I will be up is youth turkey weekend, I had no choice but to do it then.
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I don't think it matters as it is the thawing/freezing action that gets the seed down in the ground. I know some people that like to do it on top of snow as you can see where you have already seeded.
I agree with C's post. If the ground is kinda sloppy when it's thawed, it might be easier to walk as you seed if the ground is still frozen, but the seed does not care. The freeze/thaw action draws the seed down into the soil.
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This looks like the weekend for my perennial clover in Potter Co. Just returned from southern Michigan, was on a habitat tour of Jake Ehlinger's property so i'm all excited to get something done on the farm
Good stuff? Care to share what you learned/picked up while on the tour?

From what I have read/watched, I like his approach to things since Michigan has a higher hunter density, small parcels, and lots of pressure like PA.
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Over seeding my brassica plot tomorrow (3/11). Looks like we're on the backside of old man winter.
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Just in from Potter Co.,the frost seeding was a bust.The field had about 6 inches of snow over top a thin layer of ice. This being my first attempt I thought that much snow was questionable so I got the brainy idea to push the snow off first. After pushing off half of it I came to the conclusion that the rain that was arriving Saturday would wash the seed off of the sloped plot before it melted the ice. I'll try again this coming weekend. I parked the tractor, fired up the saw and dropped some big trees in a new bedding area i'm making.
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Well I over seeded my brassica plot taking sage advice from cspot. We'll see how it goes. If it doesn't take I'll dig it up and redo it in the fall.
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Well I over seeded my brassica plot taking sage advice from cspot. We'll see how it goes. If it doesn't take I'll dig it up and redo it in the fall.
Keep us posted on how it does!
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