Albert Lea Seed

Seed Index Trial Data

Orchardgrass

Orchardgrass is a very high-yielding, bunch-type grass that is an excellent companion grass with alfalfa or red clover. It starts growth early in spring and develops rapidly. It can be used for hay, pasture, silage, or green chop. Orchardgrass is more drought and heat tolerant than Timothy, perennial ryegrass, or Kentucky bluegrass. It will generally persist longer than other cool-season grasses in frequently cut, properly managed alfalfa mixtures.

Latar Orchardgrass

Solid, High Yielding

  • Tall-growing and productive
  • Heads out seven days later than Potomac
  • Tolerant to shade
  • Fairly drought tolerant
  • Moderate winter-hardiness
  • Good choice for hay or grazing
  • Seed 3-5 lbs/acre in a mix or 8-12 lbs/acre straight

Potomac Orchardgrass

Economical Choice

  • Productive
  • Tolerant to shade
  • Fairly drought resistant
  • Moderate winter hardiness
  • Poor alfalfa companion; early maturity
  • Seed 3-5 lbs/acre in a mix or 8-12 lbs/acre straight

HLR Orchardgrass

Late Maturing Variety. Best for Hay/Pasture


  • From Barenbrug
  • Later maturing than Latar and less clumpy than traditional species
  • High in digestibility
  • Good winter-hardiness
  • Good rust resisitance
  • Superior alfalfa companion
  • Seed 3-5 lbs/acre in a mix or 8-12 lbs/acre straight
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