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Orchardgrass

Orchardgrass has good winterhardiness, tolerance to shade and moderate tolerance to drought.

Description

Orchardgrass 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 winterhardiness, 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.

Management

Orchardgrass is very responsive to fertilizer and aftermath production can be excellent with proper fertility and split N applications. For optimum 1st harvest yield and quality, orchardgrass should be harvested in early-mid boot stage at a cutting height of 3 to 4 inches so it can recover quickly and persistence can be maintained. For grazing, excellent grazing management is required to maintain persistence and productivity. Graze to 3 to 4 inches and rest 28 days in between rotations. Orchardgrass does not persist well under continuous gazing.

Establishment

Orchardgrass can be planted either in early spring or late summer depending on area of country being grown. Seeding depth is generally 1/4 to 1/2 inches in a firm seed bed. Rolling or using a cultipacker after seeding ensures even germination and emergence.

Athos
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Description:

  • Late heading
  • Good drought tolerance
  • Excellent yields
  • Very dense
  • Excellent in grazing trials
  • Good fall growth
Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Bryon's Og Blend North
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Description:

  • A premium blend of Intensiv, Niva and Athos
  • Selected for winterhardiness and top performance in the Northern Midwest
  • Good yields
  • Later heading
  • Great disease resistance
Zones: 1,2,3,4
Bryon's Og Blend South
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Description:

  • Selected for its ability to perform well in heat and drought
  • A blend of Intensiv and Athos for quality, yield and persistence
  • Late maturity
  • Good density
  • Excellent persistence under drought condition
Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Echelon
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Description:

  • Our newest orchardgrass!!
  • Outperforms everything else in our lineup
  • Best fall production of the orchardgrasses
  • Persists well with super yield and quality
Zones: 1,2,3,4,5
HLR
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Description:

  • High digestibility
  • Good disease resistance
  • High yield potential
  • Good winter-hardiness
  • Widely adaptable
Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Niva
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Description:

  • Medium heading
  • Good disease resistance
  • Persistence
  • Good winterhardiness
  • Late heading
  • Available in organic
Zones: 1,2,3,4,5