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Orchardgrass
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Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.) (cocksfoot)

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 3 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 654,000
  • Seeding rate: 8-10 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Seeding date: early spring, or late summer before August 15
  • Bunch-type grass, very competitive with legumes
  • Good for stored feed or intensive pasture

Advantages

  • good quality possible
  • easy to establish
  • good regrowth
  • adapted to droughty soils
  • good tolerance to close grazing, with early spring growth

Concerns

  • poor tolerance to variable drainage and icing
  • older varieties may mature too early in spring to permit high quality harvest
  • rapidly loses quality with maturity

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