Endurance is a new Orchardgrass variety that is capable of very high dry matter yields with good digestibility. It is able to withstand cold winter temperatures and shows a strong resistance to disease. Endurance exhibits an erect, open bunch type sod, making it more compatible, (less competitive), with adapted legumes, (alfalfa, clover, birdsfoot trefoil), than tall fescue.
- Dual purpose orchardgrass
- Improved grazing tolerance
- Endures wide temperature variations
- Good disease resistance
- Excel as a silage and hay
The germplasm used to develop Endurance was first selected for low cutting height. Plants were maintained at a 1.25 inch mowing height for three years. Survivors were then placed in a nursery and allowed to inter-pollinate. Seed was then sent to Dr. Joe Burton of the University of Georgia. After three years of intense grazing pressure, survivors were selected and sent to Oregon. This became the base population for Endurance. The improved grazing tolerance has been demonstrated at university grazing trials in Georgia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. In addition to persistence under grazing, Endurance endures wide temperature extremes, from the winter cold of Canada, to the heat of the south. Endurance is registered in Canada. Disease resistance is above average
Unlike other grazing tolerant varieties, Endurance excels as a silage and hay type. It is consistently in the top group for DM yield, including trials in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, New York and British Columbia.
In the DLF Forage maturity scale, which includes very late European genetics, Endurance is listed as a medium maturity. However when compared to US developed varieties, the maturity of Endurance is as late as Pennlate, Latar and Command. Endurance can successfully be matched with the maturity of alfalfa, to produce high quality dairy hay and silage.
Endurance Orchardgrass can be planted either in early spring or late summer depending on area of country being grown. Orchardgrass is suited for light to medium soils with good drainage. Seeding depth is generally .25 to .50 inches in a firm seed bed. Rolling or using a cultipacker after seeding ensures even germination and emergence.
Endurance Orchardgrass is very responsive to fertilizer and aftermath production can be excellent with proper fertility and split N applications. For optimum 1st harvest yield and quality, Endurance orchardgrass should be harvested in early-mid boot stage at a cutting height of 3 to 4 inches so it can recover quickly and persistence can be maintained. For grazing, excellent grazing management is required to maintain persistence and productivity. Graze to 3 to 4 inches and rest 28 days in between rotations.
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