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Shade Tolerant Orchardgrass Varieties Excellent in Horse Pasture Mixes

Orchardgrass for hay and grazing pastures

(Dactylis glomerata)

A perennial cool-season bunch grass that is used for hay and grazing pastures. It is more shade tolerant than most other forage grasses, but is less tolerant to continuous grazing than ryegrass or fescue. Excellent for use in mixtures with other grasses and legumes. Orchardgrass is an excellent choice for horse pasture mixes, as it typically is lower in water soluble carbohydrates.

However, Grassland Oregon markets the only High Sugar orchardgrass in the United States. (See Quickdraw below)

high yielding, drought tolerant Crown Royal orchard grass
  • Superior yield
  • Improved crown rust resistance
  • Highly palatable
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Rapid regrowth
  • Medium to late maturity
High Sugar Grass, highly palatable Quick Draw orchardgrass
  • Superior yield
  • Improved crown rust resistance
  • Highly palatable
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Rapid regrowth
  • Medium maturity
  • High Sugar Grass (HSG)

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