Grazer Orchard Grass Blend contains early, medium, and late maturing varieties.
Orchard grass pasture grass seed is a very robust, drought and shade tolerant grass. Orchard grass was introduced into the US from Great Britain, but grows throughout the world in areas of moderate to high rainfall with moderate winters and warm summers. Growth starts early in the spring as daytime temperatures increase, new tiller formation decreases and increases again only after the days become shorter in the fall. Orchard grass is more heat tolerant than timothy pasture grass, but less than tall fescue. However, orchard grass is very winter-hardy after establishment. It is rather aggressive in mixtures with other grasses, but we have developed varieties that combine the ability to produce stem-free grass under dry conditions with less aggressiveness towards other grasses. Orchard grass is good under hay, silage, and proper grazing management. We have blended together three different orchard grass varieties to give you a pasture grass that will develop at different stages. This blend of Hallmark, Athos, and LG-31 orchard grasses make a winter hardy and drought tolerant blend.
Features of this blend are:
- Good grazing grass
- Excellent hay grass
- Excellent silage
- Good green chop
- High digestibility
- Good disease resistance
- High yield potential
- Excellent winter hardiness
- Not recommend for overseeding or frost seeding
Hallmark Orchard Grass
Hallmark orchard grass is considered a very leafy, early to medium variety with excellent hardiness and persistence. Developed in Indiana and released in the early 1970 s, it has been a consistent producer for hay, forage, and silage and is very comparable to Potomac and Sterling orchard grasses. With a broad area of adaptation, Hallmark orchard grass has performed exceptionally well from the Pacific Northwest through the central plains to the mid-Atlantic states. Performing well on soils with moderately poor drainage, it also exhibits early spring growth and strong growth in the fall. Hallmark orchard grass also combines exceptionally well with legumes, developing a very productive stand for many years and a great pasture grass seed mixture.
Athos Orchard Grass
Athos is one of the latest maturing varieties available on the market, with a heading date that is usually at least one week later than Pennlate. Most of the late maturing orchard grasses originate in Europe and Athos orchard grass is no exception. Although this pasture grass seed is new to the United States, it has performed well in Europe. Athos ranked number one in yield in the official NIAB forage grazing trials in the UK. In addition to high yield, Athos is noted for having good fall growth, which translates to an even yield distribution over the entire growing season. Athos orchard grass is good for hay, silage, green chop, and grazing.
LG-31 Orchard Grass
LG-31 was bred to create an elite, improved grazing tolerant orchard grass variety for longer applied rotation periods, while retaining cold tolerance. Active selection pressure throughout the breeding process involved improving grazing tolerance and re-growth by subjecting the material to frequent defoliation. Significant improvements have also been made on resistance to various leaf spots, rusts, and other diseases. This superior disease resistance, combined with versatility and persistence make LG-31 orchard grass a vital and complimentary component to any pasture grass or hay field.
Orchard Grass Specifications
Plant Rate: Seed Orchard grass at a rate 20 - 25 lbs/acre.
Growth Habit: Perennial bunch
Establishment Rate: 6 - 10 days of temperatures are warm and orchard grass seed kept moist
Nitrogen Requirements: Medium to High from 40 - 80 lbs/acre.
Soil pH Range: 5.5 - 7.5
Minimum Rainfall: Greater than 18 inches
Dry Matter Yield: 15 - 20 tons
Regrowth: Fair to good
Primary Utilization: Hay & Grazing