• Orchardgrass is a perennial, cool season, tall-growing, bunch-type grass. It starts growth early in spring. Orchardgrass is more tolerant of shade, drought, and heat than timothy. However it also grows well in full sunlight. Orchardgrass is well adapted for mixtures with legumes such as alfalfa or red clover. It will generally persist longer than the other cool-season grasses in frequently cut, properly managed alfalfa mixtures. Can be used for hay, green chop, silage , or grazing. Provides excellent feed for most classes of livestock. When used for grazing livestock, do not graze below 3 inches.
• Orchardgrass is found all over the US, it is not a native grass. It was imported from Europe in the 1700’s.
• Orchardgrass has a dense root system that spreads by tillering, it does not have rhizomes or stolons. It will grow one to four feet in height and retain a high level of nitrogen. It grows well on many different soils from clay to gravely loams, performs best in a pH of 5.8 to 7.0.
• Orchardgrass seeding should be done in the fall or early spring, so the seed can be established before the hot summer. Seeding rate is 18 lbs per acre / 7lbs if in a mix. The pH should be in the 5.8-7.0 range for best results.
• Orchardgrass should be cut before heading with second cutting in 5 weeks depending on growing conditions. Apply fertilizer in early spring and fall as required with your soil tests.
• There are different varieties of Orchardgrass • Early maturity • Med - late maturity • Late Maturity
• Seeding bed should be well prepared • Plant 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep
• Cultipack after seeding to insure good seed to soil contact
Crown Royale OrchardgrassCROWN ROYALE was selected for its increased forage yields, tillering, and improved resistance to foliar diseases. It has topped the yield trials throughout most of the U S producing up to 35% more forage than other grasses tested. Late Maturity
Quick Draw OrchardgrassQUICK DRAW was selected for its superior yields, disease resistance to leaf and stem rust and palatability. Quick Draw has excellent recovery after cutting, with excellent drought stress. Its late maturity provides excellent early spring forage for grazing, silage or hay. Quick Draw has very good winter survival.
Niva OrchardgrassOrchardgrass is a perennial, cool-season bunchgrass best suited for fertile, light to medium soils with good drainage. It can persist on moderately poor drained soils. Orchardgrass has good winter hardiness, tolerance to shade and moderate tolerance to drought. It is an excellent choice for pasture, hay, greenchop or silage and is well adapted to grow with legumes such as clover and alfalfa. There is typically a 10 to 20 day spread in heading date between early and late maturing varieties. Use a later heading variety as a companion to alfalfa.
Tekapo OrchardgrassTekapo is the only true grazing orchardgrass on the market today! Tekapo has a low set crown with multiple tillers. Tekapo provides improved drought tolerance and disease resistance. Its long soft leaves also make it highly palatable and acceptable to livestock. Medium - late maturity.
Albion Tetraploid Perennial RyegrassALBION offers excellent performance in areas that experience drought and high humidity. While Ryegrasses are not typically known for handling drought, ALBION has shown excellent performance. ALBION produces plentiful, high-quality forage long after other grasses have wilted and gone dormant.
Enhancer Italian RyegrassEnhancer was developed under hot, arid conditions and offers improved performance through drought and high temperatures. It also has lower moisture levels and increased water soluble carbohydrates (sugars), so livestock are able to ingest greater amounts of plant material. This translates to higher daily weight gains in beef cattle and increased milk production in dairy cows. It has explosive establishment and is well-suited for grazing year round.
Rustler Tall FescueRustler is an Endophyte free Tall fescue selected for its winter hardiness, high yields, and improved disease tolerance. It is a medium maturing variety with excellent spring green up and seeding vigor. It is similar to KY-31 for plant height and maturity. Excellent recovery after cutting.
Spring Green FestuloliumSpring Green has been selectively bred for cold tolerance. The relative feed value compares favorably with tetraploid ryegrass and is superior to many other grass species. In comparison to ryegrass, it produces longer under high summer temperatures. Spring Green mixes well with other grasses and legumes in a pasture mix. It is important to mow or graze Spring Green in a leafy and vegetative stage.
Tetrasweet Tetraploid Perennial RyegrassTetrasweet is a highly adaptable, fast establishing, tetraploid perennial ryegrass. Tetrasweet tillers extensively and recovers rapidly making it an excellent choice for all types of forage production. Tetrasweet may be grazed close and often making it the preferred grass of grazers. Tetrasweet’s high digestibility leads to increased animal performance and increased producer profits.
•Exceptional Yield all season long
•Excellent Winter Hardiness
•Foliar Disease Resistant
GW-300 BMR Sorghum SudanGW-300 is an excellent hybrid, when harvested on time, this highly nutritious forage can increase your gains. Lignin is the primary limiting factor in forage fiber digestion, this hybrid has 30-50% less lignin. University testing has proven that quality BMR forages will increase daily gains by 30-50% over other conventional varieties. You can expect excellent nutritive values, heavy pasturing, and superb drought tolerance. This means greater utilization and efficiency only found in the brown midrib forages.
*First cutting at approximately 60-65 days
*Downy mildew resistant
*Strong early growth
*Significant increase to palatability
*High leaf to stem ratio
*Ideal harvest height for highest nutritional value is a height of 50-60 inches
HayKing Hybrid SudangrassWith Hi-Gest Technology
* Dairy: A replicated milk output study documented a 5% increase in feed intake per day and a 12% increase in milk production per day when 18% of the TMR ration was HayKing versus Piper Sudangrass.
* A fast-growing hybrid with very fine stems, aggressive tillering and a mass of leaves at harvest maturity.
* Medium, dark green leaves with a characteristic brown midrib. The brown coloring may also express at the stems.
* Adapted to all areas of the US where hybrid sudangrass or hybrid sorghum/sudan grass are normally grown.
* For direct pasture, dried hay, green chop or silage. HayKing’s fine stems may help field drydown in humid production areas.
Sweet Six BMR Dry Stalk Sorghum SudangrassThis hybrid produces a high tillering, high quality forage that has excellent early vigor. The high leaf to stem ration means that you can count on high protein. The digestibility of this hybrid has been increased by twenty percent due to the BMR trait. With the dry stalk gene, harvest delays related to drying can be avoided. Typically this hybrid is used in a rotational grazing or 1-3 cutting system allowing you to produce the maximum amount of forage. This hybrid is more economical to plant, and produces more tonnage.
*Downy mildew resistant
*Water requirement - very low
*Excellent recovery after cutting
*First cutting in approximately 50-55 days
*Harvest at 45-55 inches or when crop is at 50% boot stage
Presto TimothyPresto, a medium-late maturing timothy. Responds extremely well to moisture and does well in cool areas with good drainage. It has great winter hardiness and is easily established. Presto makes excellent hay for livestock and silage for dairy. It was bred to co-exist with other grasses and legumes and therefore is extremely persistent and reliable in all grass-legume mixtures. Presto also has proven itself to be consistent in producing high yields.
•Excellent Winter Hardiness
•Tolerant to fall seeding
•Excellent tolerance of ice encasement