Grindstad organic is a medium-maturing variety with a high yield in first cut. Timothy has a shallow root system allowing great spring production with poor performance in the heat and drought. However, it does well on heavy, wet, and peaty soils. The small bulb at the base stores nutrients giving it persistence through the drought and heat periods. It has a good protein content and digestibility. It is well suited as dry cow hay due to its low uptake of mineral such as potassium. It makes excellent horse hay. Grindstad is bred in Finland with an excellent winterhardiness and high persistence.
- Tall, medium-maturing variety
- Selected under very severe grazing pressure
- Very good regrowth
- Good yield potential
Choose an earlier heading variety when combining with alfalfa because timothy will not tolerate harvest during the jointing (stem elongation) and early heading stages. Keep the cutting height 3 to 4 inches for stand persistence. Does not graze well. Use a late heading variety for grazing. It tolerates mechanical harvest well, with proper fertility. Fall cuttings should be early enough to allow carbohydrate reserves to be replenished. An early application of N will significantly boost production.
Timothy can be spring or late summer planted. It needs to be planted into very firm seedbed keeping the depth 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Plant 10-15 lbs/acre or 4-8 lbs/acre in mixes. It is slow to establish so control weed pressure and leave 4 to 6 weeks from seeding date to summer drought for spring plantings and the same period before frost for fall plantings. In the Sough, timothy is often fall planted as a cover crop, harvested or grazed in the spring and then killed off to make way for spring crops.