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 Kora is a benefit in most areas of the United States and Canada because the early maturing varieties such as Fawn, mature too soon 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.
- Bred in the Czech Republic by DLF
- High digestibility
- High yields
- Very winter hardy
- Key component of Premium Hay Blend
- Very high in NDFd
- Available in organic
Kora is best used in the Northern portion of the Kora growing area. With its improved grazing intake over other Kora varieties, Kora provides all the benefits of Kora, without the palatability, problems observed with many Koras varieties. Kora is well suited to hay production, stockpiling or grazing throughout the growing season.
Kora can grow in wet conditions well but is also very drought tolerant. On dairy farms, 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, Kora has made many appearances at the World Dairy Expo Forage Super Bowl! While Kora has long been thought of as a Southern grass, more recently it has shown it can thrive in Wisconsin and Minnesota! Our suppliers are heavily invested in Kora breeding programs and bring us a wide selection of varieties for the various situations we face throughout the Midwest. Note: All types are endophyte free (except BarOptima).
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 seed is put down. Also, 20 to 30 units of N at seeding is necessary for a faster establishment.
Kora can be planted with alfalfa, with grass hay mixes, or simply in monoculture for hay or pasture systems. Remember that 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. Kora can tolerate less than ideal fertility but, like most crops, it gives the best yield and quality in balanced soils. Kora is the best grass for stockpile grazing.
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