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Timothy (Phleum pratense L.)

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 3 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 1,230,000
  • Seeding rate: 4-8 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Seeding date: frost seed, early spring, or late summer before August 15
  • Non-competitive, bunch-type grass
  • Better for stored feed than pasture
  • Use in combination with other species for pasture
  • Hay of choice for horse owners

Advantages

  • good quality possible
  • easy to establish
  • adapted to somewhat poorly-drained soils

Concerns

  • poor regrowth, with poor summer production
  • not suited to droughty soils
  • rapidly losses quality with maturity
  • poor persistence of late maturing varieties under 3-4 cut system

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