Tucker Orchardgrass™

Exciting News! What’s in a name? Tucker is synonymous with forage or feed for livestock. Developed from a five clone polycross from several top performing varieties, TUCKER brings the best characteristics from all five. TUCKER, having medium maturity, is an excellent choice for mixing with alfalfa for producing high quality hay for horses and cattle. It also mixes well with other cool-season grasses like tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, timothy, and brome. With high yields of palatable, digestible forage, TUCKER will increase animal health and nutrition, in turn decreasing inputcosts and increasing profits.

Features

  • Medium Maturity
  • Excellent Seedling Vigor
  • Persistent
  • Winter Hardy
  • Enhanced Drought Resistance
  • Good Crazing Recovery
  • Consistent Forage Yields
  • Enhanced Disease Resistance

Benefits

  • Increased Forage Intake
  • Better Mixture Compatibility
  • More Consistent Grazing
  • Excellent Hay Quality
  • Increased Stand Life
  • Increased Milk Production
  • Increased Daily Gains
  • Increased Profits

When grazing, TUCKER performs best in a rotational grazing system. Fresh, young forage will always increase intake, thereby increasing gains and profits. Proper fertility is important to maintain the health and life of the stand, so consult your extension agent or fertilizer dealer for soil testing and fertilizer recommendations.

For hay production, the highest quality hay is gained by cutting TUCKER in the early boot stage. This will maximize protein and digestibility. If companion planted with alfalfa or clover, cut the hay when the legumes are in the early bud stage.

For stand survival and winter hardiness, do not graze or cut too low in the fall. Leave a 3-4 inch stubble to provide insulation from cold, drying winter winds. Fertilize in the early fall to maximize fall rood growth and carbohydrate storage in the plant crown. This will ensure a fast start when warmer spring temperatures finally arrive.

Establishment

Pasture or hayfield establishment is best accomplished in fall or early spring, depending on the local region. TUCKER orchardgrass has excellent seedling vigor and will establish quickly. For best success, drill or broadcast 20-25 lbs of seed per acre on a clean, firm seedbed. Drill no more than 1/2 inch deep. If broadcasting, lightly harrow to cover seed. Roll to provide a good seed/soil contact. Apply fertilizer according to local recommendations. It is advised to get a soil test to determine nutrient levels. Adjusting soil pH is also recommended, especially if companion planting with legumes.

If companion planting with alfalfa, blend 5-10 lbs of TUCKER seed with 5-10 lbs of alfalfa per acre. The percentage of each component can be adjusted, depending on your personal preferences and your needs. In mixtures with other cool-season grasses and legumes, TUCKER may comprise between 20% and 60% of the mixture. Planting rates for mixtures containing TUCKER are between 15 and 30 lbs per acre, depending on the species in the mixture.

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