Olathe Orchardgrass

An early orchardgrass by DLF that is very high yielding, has
high disease tolerance, and handles heat and stress well.
Ideal for producers in the intense southern climates that are
grazing.

Key Features:

  • Persistent
  • Quick to establish
  • High yielding
  • Exceptional palatability and digestibility
  • Outstanding disease resistance
  • Heat and drought tolerant

Establishment

Use the large box of the drill
Seeding rate: 20 lbs/acre
Seeding with alfalfa: 3-7lbs/acre
Seeding Depth: Surface to 1/4”

Olathe Orchardgrass exhibits exceptional seedling vigor and
establishes rapidly. Prior to planting, take a soil test and apply
adequate phosphorous and potassium if necessary. At planting, apply 35-40 lbs/acre nitrogen to ensure good establishment. Olathe may be established via full cultivation, no-till, or
broadcast seeding. Plant no deeper than 1/4 inch below the
surface in a firm seed bed.

Management

Orchardgrass is categorized as a bunch grass. Careful stand
management during the first year is essential for long-term
productivity. Orchardgrass grows and spreads laterally by
creating new shoots called tillers which emanate from the
base of the plant forming an ever-wider bunch. To enable the
production of a leafy dense stand, the height of the stand during the first year should ideally be maintained in the 4-12 inch
range. This allows full sunlight penetration to the plant base
which triggers production of the tillers needed for maximum
plant growth and spread. Once the seedlings are firmly rooted, graze lightly by calves, or machine mow several times before heavy use. This will promote further tillering and growth.
Cold winter survival is enhanced by entering winter with the
grass left at a short but still green 4-5 inch height

Olathe Orchardgrass Tech Sheet

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