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Persist Orchardgrass - 50 LB. - (Certified Seed) For Pastures & Wildlife Food Plots

 
Persist Orchardgrass - 50 LB. - (Certified Seed) For Pastures & Wildlife Food Plots Quantity in Basket: None
Product Code: ORCH-PERSIST-50

Regular Price: $129.00
Shipping Weight: 50.00 pounds

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Persist Orchardgrass Seed Facts

Orchardgrass seed brand Persist will produce orchardgrass that will last, even under intense grazing pressure solving one of the biggest complaints from Farmers and Cattlemen. Recently released from the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, Persist was specifically selected for long-term performance and persistence under grazing.

Persist Orchardgrass TrialsPersist Orchardgrass 7 Year old pasture

Persistence is the most significant and important attribute of Persist orchard grass. In Tennessee, after four years of a grazing experiment, in which there was additional grazing and drought stress during the last two years, there was a 70-80% stand of Persist orchardgrass compared to a 0-10% stand of another well-known orchardgrass in the pastures that were initially seeded in pure stand (without clovers). Even after six years, the Persist stand was still very adequate for grazing! See the picture to the right here of a seven year old Persist orchardgrass pasture (click on picture for larger view).

Persist Orchardgrass Nutritional Grazing Results

A current study being conducted in hot, humid SW Tennessee is very exciting. In this study, young steers grazing on Persist orchardgrass are gaining twice the weight as those grazing on KY-31 with no fescue toxicity. Persist is equal to Potomac, Haymate and Warrior in crude protein, acid detergent fiber, and neutral detergent fiber concentrations.

Persist Orchardgrass Pasture Yields

In numerous trials, Persist has proven its ability to provide high yields, in both the early years and the later years. See the picture above of a 7 year old pasture.

Establishment of Persist Orchardgrass Pasture

Persist is easily established and has excellent seedling vigor. Use of white clover or other legumes can also increase persistence and yield. Persist is similar in maturity date to Potomac but consistently produces more forage later in the season. Persist is similar in maturity date to Potomac but consistently produces more forage later in the season.

Areas Of Adaptation

Persist is adapted from the northern to the extreme southern range of the middle southern USA. Persist orchardgrass survived this past winter (2009-2010) in what was dubbed "the biggest natural disaster that (Kentucky) has ever experienced in modern history."  This weather included snow and a major ice storm.

Seeding Rate For Persist Orchardgrass Pastures

Planting Rate - Seed Persist at 18-20 lbs per ace for straight seeding. If using with other grasses, rate should be reduced to 8-10 lbs. For best weed control plant clovers after adequate establishment and weed management has been performed. For more precise recommendations, consult your local extension agent.
Planting Date - Spring Or Fall
Fall: At least 60 days before the 1st frost in the fall when soil temperatures are 75 and falling.
Spring: After the last killing frost when soil temperatures are 65 and rising.

More information On Persist Orchardgrass

For detailed Information and Data Trials on Persist Orchardgrass see http://www.persistorchardgrass.com.  Also see articles in these magazines: Stockman GrassFarmer, National Cattlemen's, Graze, Cow Country Newsand Farming.

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