HLR Orchardgrass contains the best and latest orchardgrass varieties from Barenbrug’s breeding program. Years of breeding efforts goes into improving the forage quality and simultaneously the forage yield of orchard grass varieties. The varieties have been selected for High Leaf-to-Stem Ratio (HLR) which means more leaves for improved digestibility and energy; with less stems that reduce the palatability of the pasture. HLR orchardgrass is tolerant to rust and other leaf diseases. The intermediate to late heading varieties in HLR are good for interplanting with alfalfa.
Suggested seeding rates: Seed 10-12 lbs/acre alone, 4-6 lbs/acre in a mix.
Approx. seeds/lb.: 654,000
Seeding depth: Drill 1/8-¼” deep in a firm seedbed.
Emergence Time: 18-22 days
Preferred soils: Lighter to medium textured soils.
Management suggestions: May be planted in spring or late summer. Use 35-40 units of N at seeding, 50 units of N in early spring, 30-40 units of N after each cutting. Do not mow less than 3″ to allow for quicker regrowth and higher seasonal yields.