Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Mixedgrass: Nesting Cover

$87.00 per acre

Nesting cover consists of open habitats with dense, herbaceous vegetation (grasses, legumes, and forbs) providing residual cover (last year’s growth) and ground litter. This nesting cover mix, designed for the mixedgrass prairie region, features warm and cool-season grasses, in addition to 33 forb and legume species. Hens select nest sites with vegetative and structural diversity (i.e., greater forb cover and vertical density). Nesting cover must be at least 8 to 12 inches tall to provide concealment from predators and remain undisturbed during the nesting season.

*Please note that the species composition and price are subject to change depending on availability. Species substitutions may be needed at time of order. Seed mix updated 4/4/2019.


GRASSES 50% (10.372 PLS/ft2)
Big Bluestem, Kaw Prairie Junegrass
Blue Grama, Bad River Sideoats Grama, Butte
Indiangrass, NEB 54 Switchgrass, Cave N Rock
Little Bluestem, Cimarron Western Wheatgrass, Barton
WILDFLOWERS 50% (10.348 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa Maximilian Sunflower
Arkansas Rose Plains Coreopsis
Baldwin’s Ironweed Purple Coneflower
Black-eyed Susan Purple Prairie Clover
Blanketflower (Indian Blanket) Red Clover
Blue Flax Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Canada Milkvetch Roundhead Lespedeza
Common Evening Primrose Shell-leaf Penstemon
Common Milkweed Showy Partridgepea
Cudweed Sagewort Stiff Goldenrod
Dense Blazing Star Stiff Sunflower
Dotted Gayfeather Sweetclover (white)
False Sunflower Sweetclover (yellow)
Heath Aster Upright Coneflower
Hoary Vervain Western Yarrow
Illinois Bundleflower Wild Bergamot
Lemon Mint
TOTAL: 20.720 PLS/ft2

Wildlife Cover Requirements

Cover is critical because pheasants and quail depend on a variety of cover types (nesting, brood-rearing, winter) for population growth and survival. Ideally, a mix of warm-season bunchgrasses (e.g., big bluestem, little bluestem), forbs (broadleaf plants), and legumes (clover, alfalfa) provide nest­ing and brood-rearing cover. Landowners seeking to maintain or increase pheasant and quail populations should ensure that all of the essential habitat needs (food, cover, water, space) are available and easily-accessible in close proximity. Throughout the pheasant range, nesting cover is the single most important limiting factor for populations. Thankfully, it remains one of the few factors we can directly impact through habitat management and improvements. To learn more, visit the Habitat Essentials page.

The Habitat Organization

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.