Reed canarygrass forage fact sheet

Description Palaton Reed Canarygrass is a tall sod forming grass that exhibits great tolerance to wet and flooded conditions as well as excellent drought tolerance.  It is of medium palatability and can quickly drop in forage quality as it matures.

Fact Sheet #109 Agronomy Fact Sheet Series Restoring Perennial Hayfields Field Crops Extension 1 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Introduction Grass and grass-legume hayfields can make an important contribution to forage inventories on livestock farms.

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Description Palaton Reed Canarygrass is a tall sod forming grass that exhibits great tolerance to wet and flooded conditions as well as excellent drought tolerance.  It is of medium palatability and can quickly drop in forage quality as it matures. Forage Harvest Management Fact Sheet Applicable to conservation practice Forage Harvest Management - 511 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - North April 2004 What is Forage Harvest Management: Forage harvest management is the timely cutting and removal of forages from hay, green-chop and ensilage fields. Early reports that reed canarygrass was a poor forage were apparently unfounded. Animals grazing reed canarygrass during spring and summer perform similarly to those grazing orchardgrass, timothy or brome, and better than those grazing fescue. Reed canarygrass is not as well adapted for fall and winter grazing as is tall fescue. King County Noxious Weed Control Program REED CANARYGRASS BMP ... European cultivars widely introduced as hay and forage ... Sheet mulch using several layers of thick ... Forage: Reed canarygrass is primarily adapted for permanent hay or pasture on sites too wet for good performance of other forage plants. The forage should be grazed or mowed prior to heading as both quality and palatability decline rapidly after heading. A common mistake is to use reed canarygrass on wet sites where timely harvest is not possible.