Certified Organic Kora has its origins in a breeding program in Central Europe. This parentage resulted in a variety that is very cold tolerant and very drought tolerant due to the natural weather conditions in that area. The medium maturity date of Organic Kora is a benefit in most areas of the United States and Canada because the early maturing varieties such as Fawn, mature too early to ensure they can be harvested for high-quality hay. In pasture production systems, the first types are ready to graze before most fields have dried out sufficiently to allow hoof traffic. Frost seeding is not recommended.
- High Forage Yield
- Very Palatable
- Endophyte Free
- Good Winter hardiness
- Drought Tolerant
Organic Kora is best used in the Northern portion of the Organic Kora growing area. With its improved grazing intake over other Organic Kora varieties, Organic Kora provides all the benefits of Organic Kora, without the palatability, problems observed with many Organic Koras varieties. Organic Kora is well suited to hay production, stockpiling or grazing throughout the growing season.
In a Cornell trial, it was #1 out of 48 Organic Koras from a combination of yield and quality in 2 out of 3 locations.
Organic Kora can grow in wet conditions well but is also very drought tolerant. On dairy farms, Organic Kora is a fabulous addition to the hay portfolio and on beef operations in the Midwest, it remains the foundation of pasture systems. In the past number of years, Organic Kora has made many appearances at the World Dairy Expo Forage Super Bowl! Our suppliers are heavily invested in Organic Kora breeding programs and bring us a wide selection of varieties for the various situations we face throughout the Midwest. Note: All varieties are endophyte free (except BarOptima).
Organic Kora is relatively easy to establish, but remember, a good seed bed is at the heart of excellent stands of hay or pasture. It can be no-tilled into existing alfalfa stands (.25 to .50 inches deep) immediately after harvest. (Talk to your dealer about the proper timing for your area.) When seeding in a prepared seed bed, make sure sufficient packing has been done before and after the seed is put down. Also, 20 to 30 units of N at seeding is necessary for a faster establishment.
Organic Kora can be planted with alfalfa, with grass hay mixes, or simply in monoculture for hay or pasture systems. Remember that Organic Kora, like most cool season grasses, stores 90% of food for regrowth after harvest in the bottom 2 to 2.5 inches of the stem. This means that for maximum growth and production at least 3 to 4 inches of stubble should remain after harvest. Also, for top yield, we recommend 1 to 1.5 lbs of available N for each day of growth. Organic Kora can tolerate less than ideal fertility but, like most crops, it gives the best yield and quality in balanced soils. Organic Kora is the best grass for stockpile grazing.
Organic seeds are grown by certified organic growers that adhere to the strict organic practices required by the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. No chemical fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides are allowed in the production of this seed. Genetic purity is maintained throughout the production, processing, and packaging of this seed. The organic certificate is available upon request.
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