Fertilizer (pure stand) – Nitrogen should be applied in split applications during early Spring & Fall and after 1st cutting. Adequate phosphorus and potassium are also necessary for top production.
First cutting in Spring should be done before head emergence (Boot Stage). Later cuttings can be made at 4-6 week intervals depending on conditions.
Rotational grazing is preferred for best production, persistence and quality. Fields should be grazed heavily and frequently (every 10-12 days) during the rapid Spring growth period but overgrazing should be avoided. Leave a 3-4 inch stubble for quick recovery.
|Planting Rate (pure stand)||15-20 lbs/acre|
|Planting Rate (mixture)||4-6 lbs/acre|
|Planting Depth||1/4-1/2 inch deep|
|Seeding (Spring)||March 1st to May 15th|
|Seeding (Summer)||August 1st to September 15th|
|Soil Type||Moderate to Well Drained|
|Minimum Soil pH||5.5|
|ORCHARD YIELD COMPARISONS|
|Summarized over Years and Locations (Total Tons Dry Matter / Acre)|