Hallmark orchardgrass was developed in Indiana and released in 1969 by the Farmers Forage Research Cooperative. It is early maturing, vigorous, high yielding, and has good resistance to leaf disease and good seed yields. Superior clones of ‘Boone’, ‘Potomac’, and clones from the University of Illinois and the Eastern States Farmers Exchange were selected to form Hallmark.
Hallmark orchardgrass is a commonly used variety and since it’s release has been a consistent producer for hay and forage. It is comparable to Potomac and Sterling orchard grass but matures earlier than both. Hallmark Orchardgrass is on of the earliest maturing orchard grass varieties. It is a good cool season pasture grass and will grow to a height of 3.5-4 feet.
Hallmark orchardgrass is considered a very leafy, early to medium variety with excellent hardiness and persistence. Hallmark orchardgrass performs very well from the Pacific Northwest through the central plains to the mid Atlantic states and is widely adapted.
Hallmark exhibits early spring growth and strong growth in the fall, making it an excellent candidate for spring/summer cutting and fall pasture. Hallmark orchard grass combines well with legumes.
|Paiute||Early||Most drought tolerant orchardgrass. Use on semi-arid sites. Matures too early to use with alfalfa.|
|Hallmark||Early||High yielding & vigorous. Matures too early to mix with alfalfa.|
|Potomac||Early||Persistent, productive, good yields. Matures too early to mix with alfalfa. Use for single species hay.|
|Mid||Rapid regrowth after cutting, even in the heat. Drought tolerant.|
|Crown Royale||Mid-Late||Quick regrowth, very cold tolerant. Broad adaptability.|
|Latar||Late||Low lignin, high digestibility. Mix with alfalfa for high quality hay.|
|Extend||Late||Superior yield, excellent with alfalfa. Persistent, vigorous and highly palatable.|