Zora organic orchardgrass is a medium to late heading variety with excellent dry matter yields.
Orchardgrass is an excellent choice for pasture, hay, greenchop or silage and is well adapted to grow with legumes such as clover and alfalfa. It is a perennial, cool-season bunchgrass best suited for fertile, light to medium soils with good drainage. It can persist, however, on moderately poor drained soils. Orchardgrass has good winter hardiness, tolerance to shade and moderate tolerance to drought.
Orchardgrass is very responsive to fertilizer, and aftermath production can be excellent with proper fertility and split nitrogen applications. For optimum first harvest yield and quality, orchardgrass should be harvested in early to mid-boot stage at a cutting height of 3-4 inches so it can recover quickly and persistence can be maintained.
For grazing, excellent management is required to maintain persistence and productivity. Graze to 4 inches and rest 28 days between rotations. Orchardgrass does not persist well under continuous grazing.
Orchardgrass can be planted in early spring or late summer, depending on the area of the country where it is being grown. Seeding depth is generally 1/4-1/2 inch in a firm seed bed. Rolling or using a cultipacker after seeding ensures even germination and emergence.
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