WP300 Orchardgrass Seed - WP 300 is a new "double season" forage and hay type orchardgrass. This variety was developed by selections of plant materials from long established stands in the mid-south. The selections from this persistent cultivar were screened for heat tolerance and disease resistance. Subsequent testing has proven this "double-season" variety to be high yielding in the warmer climate of the mid-south. When this material was put in perennial forage grass variety trials, its rank was higher than most tall fescues, almost all orchardgrasses, and all the timothy varieties in tons of hay acre. WP300 is very palatable.
Seed Rate: 15 - 25 lbs. per acre
Seed Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Planting Time: Spring - Fall (after the last chance of frost) (60 days prior in the Fall)
pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Fertilizer: 25-30 units of nitrogen per acre
*Combine with Red Clovers, Ladino Clover or Alfalfa for Hay production
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WP300 forms a very dense, leafy canopy, maximizing forage production. This vigorous growth habitat is shown with WP300's outstanding forage yield. Find its results in forage trials in U. of Kentucky, Penn State and Ohio State University. Noted for rust resistance.
WP300 should be planted in a good seed bed. Recommended seeding depth of 1/2 inch at a rate of 20 lbs. per acre for straight orchardgrass.
WP300/S best production occurs on fertile, well drained fields with annual rainfall exceeding 20 inches. However it has performed well on moderately shallow soils, steep slopes, shady or hot arid humid areas.
Best yield results for WP300 forage are when hay is cut between head emergence and early bloom. Consult a local co-op field department for specific fertilizer and chemical requirements.
WP300 performs well when planted solo or with alfalfa varieties for a grass, legume mix. WP300 has shown excellent results in elite maximum forage mixes with tall fescue, timothy or ryegrass. This "Double- Season" variety allows for good forage production both Spring and Fall, giving maximum production per acre.
WP300 is very resistant. It was designed for warmer climates where rust occurs, how-ever it has shown exceptional persistence in the Northern United Stales as well.