KY-Early Timothy is an improved selection from Clair timothy bred for earlier heading, high yields, improved vigor and regrowth. It was developed jointly by the KY Ag Experimental Station and the USDA-ARS and has been extensively tested. In Kentucky, it continually outperforms many other cultivars.
KY-Early was specifically bred for earlier maturity to better coincide with alfalfa harvest. KY-Early is earlier than Clair, Climax and most other timothy varieties.
KY-Early is a high forage yielder as show by the most recent University of Kentucky data below. Growers can expect high yields with KY Early, plus excellent vigor, winter hardiness, and mid-summer growth.
KY-Early has shown an ability to survive wet years as well as dry/hot years, assuring farmers of longer-lasting stands.
KY-Early can be used for both hay and grazing, and is ideal forage for all types of livestock including horses, cattle, sheep and goats. Both grazers and hay producers will appreciate the increased leafiness and darker green color. For grazing, note all timothy varieties can be damaged by over grazing. Use in continuous grazing situations will drastically reduce plant longevity.
KY-Early has been evaluated in Kentucky for numerous years. The most recent data is from a 2013 planting. As of 2016, KY-Early is the highest yielding entry and the earliest to head.