Defiant XL reed canarygrass is a tall, coarse, vigorous, long-lived perennial. It is one of the earliest grasses to begin growth in the spring and produces large yields of nutritious forage. Defiant XL reed canarygrass can be used for pasture, hay or silage. Low alkaloid reed canarygrass offers potential for improved animal performance.

  • Low alkaloid
  • Widely adapted & extremely drought tolerant
  • Performs well on poorly-drained soil & overly wet environments
  • Performs well on low pH soils
  • Can be used for hay, silage or pasture

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Forage FirstXL

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

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 12-14
Mixes (lbs./acre): 6-8

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


Rotational Grazing:
Begin (in.): 10-12
Stop (in.): 4-6
Avg. Days Rest: 20-30

Harvest Management
Mechanical harvest at heading stage for highest yields; most annual growth occurs before July-rotate pastures often; top growth will desiccate at frost so manage accordingly.


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