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Best Small Pasture Cropping Seed Planter?

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Location: Torrance, Ca
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Hey all.

I've been wondering if there is a best of the best recommended small seed planter for planting cereal crops in pasture? I'm not finding any recommendations on Google. All my searching on here has recommended broadcasting. I've heard that Colin Seis has come up with a great tool for the job, but it's not available in the USA yet. My goal will to grow wheat, oats, Rye, Barley, Alfalfa, and other cold hardy grains during the dormant time for the pasture grasses. I would also be using it to sow summer heat tolerant grasses and legumes. Some of these grains will be harvested, and some will be left for forage.

I would like to use a couple cattle to pull it eventually. After all, that is what the Wagyu were originally line bread to do during the days of Buddhist official no meat eating state law in Japan. Eventually I'll have a bunch of the critters trained to do working tasks.


* It must not destroy the pasture grasses. No till or grain drill. I don't like the idea of using disks, but as long as it don't tear the heck out of the pasture, I'll consider one with disks. The first cheap ones I see come up on a Google search look like they would destroy a pasture like the one from Cabella's. The idea is to improve the pasture, and add to it's production.
* Must be able to plant 12" spacing. I don't want to crowd out the pasture grass.
* Would be nice if I could choose seed spacing for different plants. For example, If I wanted to put in a row of corn, I would want that spaced more than a row of barley or wheat.

The crops would be planted between swales in pasture.
Long rows of different crop plants to minimize mono crop disadvantages
and improve diversification. Only one row of paddock acreage between
swales planted per year. Perhaps 1/3 of 200 acres total per year, with 1/2
of that going to late winter and early spring forage.
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Upper swale [/]
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Corn [x]
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Rye [y]
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Oat [z]
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Lower swale [/]

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seed n pack This is the only one I recommend to anyone wanting to not disc their soil as they plant.

Any seeder will have a packer set on it, some are smooth some are toothed, the function of this part of the seeder is to ensure good soil to seed contact.

Seeders that have discs leading the drill are more for folks that practice tillage. I don't and I don't recommend it under most circumstances.
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So I have to ask, why not broadcast seed? Is there something specific you have against it or is it that you don't think the seed could get through the mat of pasture grass?
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