Barfleo is a late maturing Timothy with very high yield, popular with growers in Europe, who select it for its high performance and strong range of characteristics. Barfleo has performed well in trials in the USA and its high yield make it especially suited for hay production. Barfleo is a late maturing variety, but with exceptional spring development. Barfleo, in addition to high yield offers excellent disease resistance and persistence, making it a favorite with growers. It is well suited for dry hay production and has been the leading variety in many university forage trials across the country. Although timothy is not widely used for grazing, Barfleo has improved grazing tolerance and performs well compared to other Timothy varieties in horse grazing trials.
- Disease Restiant
- Late maturing
- Grazing tolerant
- Exceptional Yields
Known for its palatability and superior winterhardiness, Barfleo is the latest heading of all cool season perennials. It is well suited as dry cow hay due its low uptake of minerals such as potassium. It makes excellent horse hay. Barfleo 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. Barfleo works well in blends; it adds palatability, spring growth, health and winter-hardiness to the stand.
Barfleo can be spring or late summer planted. It needs to be planted into a very firm seedbed keeping the depth 1/8 to 1/4 inches. 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 South, Barfleo is often Fall planted as a cover crop, harvested or grazed in the spring and then killed off to make way for spring crops.
Choose an earlier heading variety when combining with alfalfa because Barfleo 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. If Barfleo starts heading out, both palatability and digestibility fall dramatically. Therefore as a blend component for grazing, a late maturing variety is preferred.
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