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Profit Orchardgrass

Profit Orchardgrass is a quick establishing, very persistant, late maturing orchardgrass bred primarily for forage production.

Profit provides very impressive dry matter tonnage resulting in increased profitability. Profit Orchardgrass exhibits excellent rust resistancy making a more favorable product to livestock. Profit is a high producing, very beneficial orchardgrass when interseeded into extending aging hay fields and can be planted late spring/early summer for grazing.

Establishment

Plant Profit at a 1/4″ depth in the spring or early fall.
Orchardgrass takes a year or more to reach its full production potential. Plant in a prepared, firm seedbed, seeding with a Brillion-type seeder, or by broadcast and cultipack. DON’T PLANT TOO DEEP- planting depth of 1/8-1/4″ is best. No-till is only recommended when a herbicide is used to sufficiently kill or retard the existing stand. A minimum pH of 6.0 is best. Profit Orchardgrass should initially be cut or grazed leaving a 4-6″ stand the first cutting, the first year, to insure better persistance and regowth. Because orchardgrass pastures are slower to establish than traditional ryegrass pastures, grazing management following sowing is crucial to successful establishment of the stand. Establishment under ideal growing conditions could be 6-7 weeks for a Spring sowing and 10-12 weeks for an Autumn sowing. In a pure Orchardgrass stand, the first grazing should be brief and preferably by young stock. An application of nitrogen, 25-30 units/acre 4-6 weeks after sowing promotes tillering without damage to the young stand. Once established, orchardgrass should be grazed or cut leaving a 3-4″ residual.

Management

Orchardgrass takes a year or more to reach its full production potential. No-till is only recommended when a herbicide is used to sufficiently kill or retard the existing stand. A minimum pH of 6.0 is best. Profit Orchardgrass should initially be cut or grazed leaving a 4-6″ stand the first cutting, the first year, to insure better persistance and regowth. Because orchardgrass pastures are slower to establish than traditional ryegrass pastures, grazing management following sowing is crucial to successful establishment of the stand. Establishment under ideal growing conditions could be 6-7 weeks for a Spring sowing and 10-12 weeks for an Autumn sowing. In a pure Orchardgrass stand, the first grazing should be brief and preferably by young stock. An application of nitrogen, 25-30 units/acre 4-6 weeks after sowing promotes tillering without damage to the young stand. Once established, orchardgrass should be grazed or cut leaving a 3-4″

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