Orchardgrass VNS, (Faster Pasture)
NEW for the Southern States
Planting rates vary on Orchardgrass from: 15-40 pounds per Acre.......this is widely disputed area....... so plant in the middle range 20 lbs. You are purchasing a 50 lb. bag.
NEWEST OF THE NEW ORCHARDGRASSES VERY HIGH PRODUCTION LEVELS, THIS IS A VERY SAULT AFTER GRASS BY YOUR LIVESTOCK RANCHERS.
GREAT FOR HAY
HORSE PEOPLE DESIRE ORCHARDGRASS FOR THERE HORSES AND OTHER LIVESTOCK TDN LEVELS NOT AS HIGH AS RYEGRASS BUT IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO IT.
A MUST FOR YOU ORCHARDGRASS LOVERS AND OUR NEWEST OF CUSTOMERS.
With the NEW Genetic Seed varieties, along with AGRI GRO nitrogen fixation in your soil, FASTER PASTURE CRIMSON RED DIXIE ROOTER CLOVER, FASTER PASTURE HAIRY VETCH, and FASTER PASTURE COMMON VETCH, by Genetic Seeds increase of the plants root mass. Genetics nitrogen fixation credits are reaching as HIGH as 230 pounds per acre. A must use products for todays high fertility cost.
Planting rates vary on Orchardgrass from:
15-40 pounds per Acre
Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.) is a bunch-type, tall-growing, cool-season perennial grass. It is one of the most productive cool-season grasses, tolerant to shade, fairly drought resistant with moderate winter hardiness. Orchardgrass does not exhibit as much tolerance to drought or winter hardiness as tall fescue and bromegrass. It has been reported growing in the United States since before 1760.
Orchardgrass is well adapted to grow with legumes such as alfalfa, red clover, lespedeza and white clover. It establishes more easily than bromegrass or timothy when seeded with other species. Stands will be more productive and last longer than bromegrass or timothy when grown with alfalfa that is cut frequently and heavily fertilized.
Orchardgrass is fast-growing and matures very early in the spring. There are some varietal variations but, in general, orchardgrass matures about one week earlier than tall fescue and about two weeks before smooth bromegrass. It also regrows quickly after harvest, making it well suited for seeding with frequently harvested alfalfa. It produces less fall growth than tall fescue under similar growing conditions. The bunch-type growth characteristic and shade tolerance combine to make orchardgrass well adapted to grow with competitive tall growing legumes such as alfalfa and red clover. In a three-year shade tolerance study, yield and stand were not affected by reducing light by 33 percent.
Orchardgrass is easy to establish and has a more dense root system than smooth bromegrass, timothy or bluegrass. It grows on a wide range of soil types, doing well in low-fertility soils, but also responding well to high-fertility soils. One undesirable trait is that forage quality of spring growth declines rapidly as maturity increases. However, orchardgrass re-growth, which is mostly leaves, is very high in quality. Temperatures above 85 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit will greatly reduce the growth and tillering of orchardgrass. That means that summer productivity is less than in spring and fall.
Establishing a stand Freezing temperatures may damage orchardgrass in the young seedling stage. Thus, fall seedings should be made about 45 days before the first killing frost (usually about 27 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit) so seedlings can develop well enough to survive the winter. For this reason, fall seedings are not recommended in the northern one-third of the state. Late August to early September are considered best fall seeding dates in most of the state, with mid-September seedings satisfactory in the extreme southern areas. Spring seedings should be successful if made in late March to early April in the southern part of the states, and most of April is considered satisfactory from Missouri north. Northern States plant in the early SPRING.
A clean, firm seedbed is important to help plants make a more vigorous early growth and resist winter heaving. Orchardgrass may be seeded with fly-resistant wheat in south Missouri, seeded with spring oats in north Missouri or interseeded with winter wheat in early spring. Competition from small grains should be reduced by using them for pasture, hay or haylage.
Buying a certified variety gives the best assurance of obtaining quality seed. The minimum specifications for certified orchardgrass seed are 85 percent purity and 80 percent germination. 12-15 pounds of clean, high germination seed is usually adequate to obtain good stands of orchardgrass. A pound of orchardgrass seed will contain about 645,000 seeds, roughly 2-1/2 times the number of seeds in one pound of tall fescue.