Benchmark Plus Orchardgrass

For Maximum Persistence Under Grazing

  • Superior Forage Yield
  • Ideal for Pastures or Hay
  • Early Maturity
  • Great Palatability
  • Selected for Persistence Under Heavy Grazing
  • Excellent Plant Vigor
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Stem Rust Resistance
  • Maximum Persistence for Haying or Grazing

Management Suggestions

Fertilizer (pure stand) – Nitrogen should be applied in split applications during early Spring & Fall and after 1st cutting. Adequate phosphorus and potassium are also necessary for top production.

Cutting Schedule

First cutting in Spring should be done before head emergence (Boot Stage). Later cuttings can be made at 4-6 week intervals depending on conditions.

Grazing

Rotational grazing is preferred for best production, persistence and quality. Fields should be grazed heavily and frequently (every 10-12 days) during the rapid Spring growth period but overgrazing should be avoided. Leave a 3-4 inch stubble for quick recovery.

PLANTING SUGGESTIONS
Planting Rate (pure stand) 15-20 lbs/acre
Planting Rate (mixture) 4-6 lbs/acre
Planting Depth 1/4-1/2 inch deep
Seeding (Spring) March 1st to May 15th
Seeding (Summer) August 1st to September 15th
Soil Type Moderate to Well Drained
Minimum Soil pH 5.5

 

ORCHARD YIELD COMPARISONS
Summarized over Years and Locations (Total Tons Dry Matter / Acre)
Entry Loc./Yrs. %Mean
Benchmark Plus 17 100.1
Potomac 17 97.1
Pennlate 17 96.9
Progress 10 96.6
Duke 15 95.2

 

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