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Benchmark Plus Orchardgrass

$3.50
  • Superior Forage Yield
  • Ideal for Pastures or Hay
  • Early Maturity
  • Great Palatability
  • Selected for Persistence Under Heavy Grazing
  • Excellent Plant Vigor
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Stem Rust Resistance
  • Maximum Persistence for Haying or Grazing
  • Minimum order quantity of 20 pounds

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.


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Min. to Max. Annual Precipitation

44in.

Average Max. Height

Benchmark Plus Orchardgrass is an early maturing grass that is drought tolerant with great palatability. It has a superior forage yield that is ideal for pasture or haying, and is selected for persistence under heavy grazing. Rotational grazing is preferred for best quality production. First cutting in spring should be done before head emergence (Boot Stage).

Benchmark Plus Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata) is a high performance forage orchargrass that offers maximum persistence under grazing pressure. It is also an excellent choice for inclusion in a forage grass mixture.

Nitrogen should be applied in split applications during early Spring & Fall and after 1st cutting. Adequate phosphorus and potassium are also necessary for top production. First cutting in Spring should be done before head emergence (Boot Stage). Later cuttings can be made at 4-6 week intervals depending on conditions.

Rotational grazing is preferred for best production, persistence and quality. Fields should be grazed heavily and frequently (every 10-12 days) during the rapid Spring growth period but overgrazing should be avoided. Leave a 3-4 inch stubble for quick recovery.

  • Superior Forage Yield
  • Ideal for Pastures or Hay
  • Early Maturity
  • Great Palatability
  • Selected for Persistence Under Heavy Grazing
  • Excellent Plant Vigor
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Stem Rust Resistance
  • Maximum Persistence for Haying or Grazing
PLANTING SUGGESTIONS for Benchmark Plus Orchardgrass
Planting Rate (pure stand) 15-20 lbs/acre
Planting Rate (mixture) 4-6 lbs/acre
Planting Depth 1/4-1/2 inch deep
Seeding (Spring) March 1st to May 15th
Seeding (Summer) August 1st to September 15th
Soil Type Moderate to Well Drained
Minimum Soil pH 5.5

 

ORCHARD YIELD COMPARISONS
Summarized over Years and Locations (Total Tons Dry Matter / Acre)
Entry Loc./Yrs. %Mean
Benchmark Plus 17 100.1
Potomac 17 97.1
Pennlate 17 96.9
Progress 10 96.6
Duke 15 95.2
VarietyMaturityNotes:
PaiuteEarlyDrought tolerant. Common in dryland pastures, reclamation, erosion control.
HallmarkEarlyHigh Yielding
Benchmark PlusEarlyPersists under heavy use, superior forage. Superior for grazing.
PotomacEarly-MidExcellent early variety.
QuickdrawEarly-MidFast recover after cutting. Tolerates heat.
ExtendMidIdeal for alfalfa & clover mixes. Superior yield.
BlizzardMid-LateSuperior winter survival. Widely adapted, excellent forage yield.
Crown RoyalLateFast recovery after cutting, tolerates heat.
LatarLateNo longer available. See Extend, Haymaster, Quickdraw
HaymasterLateIdeal for Alfalfa and Clover Mixes. Highly palatable, fast recovery.
Pawnee OrchardgrassMediumWidely adapted, drought and grazing tolerant.

 

Benchmark Plus Orchardgrass, Dactylis glomerata