Orchard Grass

Orchardgrass develops earlier and is much more aggressive than either timothy or bromegrass. It is palatable when young but loses palatability and digestibility more quickly than other grasses. Orchardgrass will grow much more vigorously in the warm, dry conditions of midsummer than timothy or bromegrass, resulting in a greater proportion of grass in the second and third cutting of alfalfa-grass mixtures. Orchardgrass is not as winterhardy as either timothy or bromegrass and will not persist on wet soils. Its aggressive seedlings make orchardgrass easy to establish. It is recommended in intersively managed pastures or as very early cut haylage.