Hakari Alaska brome is an impressive, late-maturing bromegrass that produces moderate yields of quality forage. Hakari is a tall, broad-leaved, sparsely tillering bromegrass, with an erect rather than creeping growth pattern. Hakari has good spring re-growth and also produces leafy summer growth. Hakari brome exhibits moderate drought tolerance and is resistant to rust. Hakari will not crowd out alfalfa like an orchardgrass can. Hakari establishes very fast, much faster than smooth brome or orchardgrass. Hakari is de-awned to ensure good seeding, it is also treated to prevent seed born head smut. Hakari brome prefers well-drained soils with higher fertility levels for best performance. Suited best for dry hay production as Hakari is very easy to dry. Great for planting with alfalfa for soft, palatable dry hay.
Suggested seeding rates: Seed 35-40 lbs/acre (monoculture), 10-15 lbs/acre in a mixed stand. For a 50/50 mix with alfalfa, seed 15 lbs. Hakari with 10 lbs. of alfalfa.
Approx. seeds/lb.: 70,000
Seeding depth: Drill 1/8″ to 1/4″ deep in a firm seedbed. Do not plant too deep. Seed size is large.
Preferred soils: Well-drained soils with higher fertility in the Midwest and Northeastern parts of the U.S.
Management suggestions: Use 25-30 units of N at seeding and 30-40 units of N after each cutting. May be planted in spring or late summer. Young seedlings are not competitive, so existing vegetation needs to be suppressed in no-till plantings. Do not mow stubble less than 4″ high. If cutting interval is greater than 30 days, be careful not to cut into the crown of the plant which can reduce persistence. Harvest before winter if growth is tall to reduce winter damage. Hakari can be lightly grazed but overgrazing will shorten stand life. Under ideal conditions, Hakari provides moderate amounts of good quality forage for 3 to 4 seasons.