Forage First® Premium Forage Grasses

Pastures represent one of the best, less expensive sources of feed for your animals. Whether grazed or taken for hay, Forage First® forage grasses offer high yield potential, optimum nutritional values, improved disease resistance and increased stand persistence. Planting a new pasture is a commitment to maximizing the productivity of your land, and Forage First® premium forages will help you achieve your goal.

Our Forage First® brand forage grasses include proven varieties and elite offerings with improved genetics to ensure your pastures thrive and animals perform to the highest standard. Many of these grasses form foundations to our premium Forage First® pasture mixes.

Annual Ryegrass

Establishment: Fast
Persistence: Low
Drought Tolerance: Low
Winter Hardiness: Low
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Bromegrass

Establishment: Slow
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: Med
Winter Hardiness: Med
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Festulolium

Establishment: Fast
Persistence: Medium
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Kentucky Bluegrass

Establishment: Slow
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: Medium
Grazing Tolerance: High

Orchardgrass

Establishment: Medium
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: Medium High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: Medium High

Perennial Ryegrass

Establishment: Fast
Persistence: Medium
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Winter Hardiness: Medium
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: Medium High

Reed Canarygrass

Establishment: Slow
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: Medium High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Tall Fescue

Establishment: Medium
Persistence: Medium High
Drought Tolerance: High
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: Medium
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Timothy

Establishment: Medium
Persistence: Medium
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: Medium High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Annual Ryegrass

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 20-40
Mixes (lbs./acre): 5-10
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14
Life Cycle: Annual
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Bromegrass

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 15-20 (Smooth); 12-20 (Meadow)
Mixes (lbs./acre): 5-10
Seeds/lb.: 138,000 (Smooth); 93 (Meadow)
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Festulolium

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 30-40
Mixes (lbs./acre): 15-20
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (In.): 1/4

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 5.5-7.0

Kentucky Bluegrass

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 10-15
Mixes (lbs./acre): 4-10
Seeds/lb.: 2,177,000
Depth (In.): 1/4

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14-28
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Orchardgrass

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 15-25
Mixes (lbs./acre): 3-10
Seeds/lb.: 416,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 18
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 5.8-7.0

Perennial Ryegrass

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 30-40
Mixes (lbs./acre): 6-10
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Feb.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Reed Canarygrass

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 12-14
Mixes (lbs./acre): 6-8
Seeds/lb.: 480,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 21
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 4.9-8.2

Tall Fescue

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 25-30
Mixes (lbs./acre): 6-12
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 5.5-7.0

Timothy

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 8-15
Mixes (lbs./acre): 2-6
Seeds/lb.: 1,152,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 10
Life Cycle: Perennial
Soil pH: 5.5-7.0

Annual Ryegrass

Rotational Grazing:
Begin (In.): 6-12
Stop (In.): 3-4
Avg. Days Rest: 7-15

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom

Bromegrass

Rotational Grazing:
Begin (In.): 8-12
Stop (In.): 3-4
Avg. Days Rest: 20-30

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom

Festulolium

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom

Kentucky Bluegrass

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom

Orchardgrass

Rotational Grazing:
Begin (In.): 8-12
Stop (In.): 3-6
Avg. Days Rest: 15-30

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to early head for first cut, then every 4-6 wks. thereafter

Perennial Ryegrass

Rotational Grazing:
Begin (In.): 10-12
Stop (In.): 3-6
Avg. Days Rest: 7-15

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom

Reed Canarygrass

Rotational Grazing:
Begin (In.): 8-12
Stop (In.): 10-12
Avg. Days Rest: 28-32

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Harvest for hay 1-2 times before grazing

Tall Fescue

Rotational Grazing:
Begin (In.): 4-8
Stop (In.): 3-6
Avg. Days Rest: 15-30

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to early head for first cut, then every 4-6 wks. thereafter

Timothy

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to early head for first cut, then every 4-6 wks. thereafter

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