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Species: Orchardgrass

Additional orchardgrass information via the Forage Information System (FIS)

Orchardgrass Summary

Orchardgrass is a bunch type grass with neither rhizomes or stolons, which establishes rapidly and is suitable for pasture, hay, or silage. However, because it becomes coarse and less palatable as it matures it is best suited for pastures. The rapid decline in palatability and quality as orchardgrass matures is the major deterrent to its use. Orchardgrass requires careful management to ensure that it is harvested promptly. Orchardgrass responds well to N fertilization and is very compatible with legumes in a mixture. It is not as winter hardy or drought tolerant as smooth bromegrass but can survive and be highly productive throughout all of Pennsylvania.