Blizzard Orchardgrass

  • Superior winter survival
  • Improved stand persistence
  • Stem rust resistant
  • Great forage yield potential
  • Excellent seedling and plant vigor
  • Widely adapted

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Blizzard Orchardgrass  is a medium-late maturing orchardgrass variety developed from plants selected from a three year old winter survival nursery in Neapolis, Alberta Canada. It is similar in plant structure and color to Benchmark Plus and Haymate, while darker green in color than Okay. Blizzard is similar in winter survival ratings to Kay and Killarney.

Selected for superior winter survival with improved stem rust resistance and high forage yield potential, Blizzard is widely adapted throughout the United States and Canada. Whether used for grazing, hay production or in mixes, the agronomic advantages of Blizzard make this a highly desirable variety.

Winter Survival Ratings Rosebank, MB

Entry Rate
Blizzard 3.04*
Kay 3.20*
Killarney 3.05*

*Rating: 1 = no winter injury; 5 = dead; planted 2009, rated 2011


Performance Data – Forage Yield

           North          PNW          Total
Entry L/Y %Mean L/Y %Mean L/Y %Mean
Blizzard 10 100 2 101 12 100
vs. Okay 96 106 99
Blizzard 4 99 2 101 6 100
vs. Killarney 85 89 87
vs. Kootenay 76 85 81

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