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Legume
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Grass
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OrchardgrassDactylis glomerata L.

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Longevity:

Perennial

Palatability:

Medium-High

Winter Hardiness:

Fair

Growth Habit:

Bunchgrass

Drought Tolerance:

Fair

Cool or Warm Season:

Cool

Use and Comments:

High-yielding, cool season pasture and hay (withstands 4 cut system with alfalfa).

Distribution in U.S.:

Midwest, Northeast, and Northwest.

Height:

24-48 inches.

Nearly round; enveloping sheath much flattened.

Leaves:

Tip ends of leaf blades boat-shaped; no auricles present; large ligule; cross section of leaf blade V-shaped.

Inflorescence:

Open panicle; 3 to 5 florets per spikelet.


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Soil
Drainage:

Somewhat Poorly Drained

Fertility:

Medium

pH:

5.5-8.2

 
 
Seed
Color:

Light tan.

Shape:

Keel shaped; lemma pointed and twisted; rachilla long and slender.

Other Characteristics:

Cilia on keel (mostly rubbed off in commercial handling).

Pounds Per Bushel:

14

Seeds Per Pound:

654,000

Seeding Rate:

10 pounds PLS per acre.

Seeding Date (Indiana):

Mar 1-May 1 or Aug 1-Sept 1

Emergence Time (Days):

18

Optimum Germ. Temp. (F):

60-75

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For more forage information contact Dr. Keith Johnson: johnsonk@purdue.edu

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