Agronomic & Performance Characteristics
HQ-O Pasture Mix featured components:
- Italian ryegrass for quick establishment and vigorous production
- Late maturing, disease resistant orchardgrass for improved performance on lower fertility soils and enhanced production on dryer soils
- Soft-leafed, endophyte-free tall fescue enhances yields, quality and durability
- Red Clover to improve yields on well drained soils and increase forage protein levels
FSM Brand HQ-O has been formulated with drought tolerance and flexibility in mind! A well managed stand of HQ-O should be expected to provide at least 4 to 5 years of high quality hay or pasture over a full range of soil fertility conditions on moderate to droughty soils, with consideration for weather extremes. HQ-O can be drilled 1/4 to 1/2 inches deep or broadcast and pressed into a firm seed bed. If soil temperatures are warmer than 50 degrees and moist, but not saturated, the Italian ryegrass component will establish aggressively and should be ready to graze in 4-6 weeks. Upon reaching 8-12 inches in height HQ-O should be grazed or clipped to 3-4 inches to allow adequate sunlight for the perennial components to establish well. Under hay management, HQ-O will develop a more open sward and reduced clover expression. Do not overgraze or harvest lower than the recommended height, exposing the soil to the sun raises soil temperature evaporating needed moisture. Leaving insufficient growth during hot, dry weather will prevent optimal performance!
FSM Brand HQ-O Pasture Mix is available untreated, always confirm acceptability for organic production with your certifying organization. HQ-O formulation may vary from time to time.