Hay Solutions are mixtures of cool season grasses and sometimes alfalfa too for the production of hay or haylage. Be sure to note while every combination can be used for haylage, mixtures with ryegrasses or festulolium will be harder to rye. These grasses are combined to fit a certain purpose or to thrive under certain conditions. Call your local Byron Seed dealer to better understand the fit for each blend.

Grasses & Alfalfa Mixes


Cool season grasses can be planted as early as oats. These grasses can be used in conjunction with other grasses and or legumes in both pasture applications or in conventional harvesting applications. Typically, these grasses have a higher digestibility or energy value than legumes by themselves. Also, if planted with a legume, greater tonnage can be realized than a legume planted by itself.


Avoiding over-grazing or clipping lower than 3 inches helps stand vigor and regrowth; 6 to 8 inches are needed for over-wintering. It also encourages more root development. Proper fertility is needed to insure stand establishment, expected forage tonnage and quality. Approximate nitrogen needs are 40 lbs for establishment and an additional 50 to 80 lbs for the total annual requirement. Cool season annuals and perennials work well together since the annuals come on faster and the perennials, once established, have longevity and tonnage. If grass is to be used in a crop rotation where conventional chemicals are used, be aware of the potential chemical residue as the grass could be killed or suppressed.


Start with a soil test to determine the fertilizer and lime requirements. Planting at a depth of 1/4" to 3/8" (or a depth that is not more than 5 times the diameter of the seed). A smooth, firm seed bed is required to have optimal seed-to-soil contact for maximum germination. Broadcast seeding requires extensive field preparation along with an additional 25% more seed. For best coverage, use a split application at right angles to each other or crisscross the field. Most grasses will tolerate a soil pH range between 5.5 to 7.5.

Companion grass mixes for alfalfa:

  • Premium hay Blend
  • AlfaPlus
  • Premium Hay Blend Plus

Byron's Premium Hay Blend

  • Contains premium tall fescues BarElite from Barenbrug and Kora from DLF International Seeds
  • Highest yielding of all grasses
  • Great for both haylage & hay, easy to dry
  • Not recommended for grazing
  • One of the highest in NDFd

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5

Premium Hay Blend Plus

  • Same ingredients as Premium Hay Blend plus Perun or Lofa festulolium
  • Includes Premium Hay Blend plus Perun or Lofa festulolium as a nurse crop
  • No need for oats
  • More yield in seedling year and subsequent years
  • Very high quality grasses

Zones: 1,2,3,4

Hay Grazing Mix OC

  • A complete mix that can be either grazed or baled
  • Suited for two spring cuts and fall grazing combinations

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5

Performance Max OC

  • A complete mix of two high quality alfalfa and Kora and/or Bar-Elite tall fescue
  • Available in organic

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6


Milkyway is a mixture of 60% tall fescue and 40% meadow fescue from Barenbrug. Due to the worldwide shortage of meadow fescue, this mixture became available to us to help fill our needs. Milkyway can be used when you can use both products in a seeding.

Milkyway (NEW!)

  • Contains a soft leaf tall fescue and Predel meadow fescue
  • Is a great solution for lower damper soils
  • Can be made into haylage and dry baled hay

Zones: 1,2,3,4

Lowland Hay Mix OC

  • Great quality
  • High Sugar
  • Great for wetter soils
  • Easy drydown
  • All branch root alfalfas

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6


  • A mixture of the best tall fescues, Kora or BarElite, orchardgrass, HLR or Athos; and HDR Meadow Fescue
  • Great for hay and haylage
  • Better for grazing than BPHB; however do not graze too tall due to the tall fescue
  • Easy to dry

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5

Highland Hay Mix OC

  • Very good ratio of grass to alfalfa
  • Easy drying
  • Increased NDFd
  • Very good for dry soils

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5

Hay Solutions Yield Dry Down Winter Hardiness Maturity Persistence
Byron's Premium Hay 9 10 10 Very Late 9
Alfa-Plus 8 10 8 Very Late 9
Premium Hay Blend Plus (NEW) 9 10 10 Very Late 9
Hay Grazing 9 6 7 Very Late 6
Performance Max 10 10 8 Very Late 7

Ratings values only comparable for products within this chart
1 = least desirable   10 = most desirable

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