Barpenta is the latest improved timothy variety from Barenbrug. Despite being a very late-heading variety, it is a high dry matter yield producer. Barpenta is suited for timothy hay producers who like to diversify their acreage with varieties maturing throughout the season. This aids in spreading the hay swathing and baling workload over time.
- Latest from Barenbrug
- High dry matter yield producer
- Very late heading
- Better of the timothy varieties for grazing
Known for its palatability and superior winterhardiness, Barpenta 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. Barpenta 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. Barpenta works well in blends; it adds palatability, spring growth, health and winter-hardiness to the stand.
Barpenta 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, Barpenta 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 Barpenta 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. It tolerates mechanical harvest well, with proper fertility. Fall cuttings hould be early enough to allow carbohydrate reserves to be replenished. An early application of N will significantly boost production. If Barpenta starts heading out, both palatability and digestibility fall dramatically.
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