Agronomic & Performance Characteristics:
- Intermediate maturity (heading mid-late May)
- Rapid regrowth
- Heat, drought and wet tolerant
- Superior winterhardiness to both ryegrass and tall fescue!
- Best for stock diets where moderate to high fiber levels are desired
- Good digestibility with a dNDF of 70-85% depending on the stage of harvest and season
FSM Brand LeeFee certified organic timothy is a moderately leafy, long lived bunch grass well suited for dry hay production, alone or with red clover or branch rooted alfalfa, on moderate to heavy soils under organic production. LeeFee will produce on wet, heavy soils with minimal fertility but can excel given improved fertility and moderate moisture. LeeFee can generally be successfully sown anytime after the fist of August through early spring. Herbicide is not usually needed, except to kill or suppress a sod for no-til planting. Late fall and early spring seedlings will generally establish but not be highly productive the fist summer. Fertilizer requirements are similar to other cool season grasses, however, a reasonable yield can be harvested in one cutting annually with minimal fertility. LeeFee will normally be ready for harvest during the fist or second week of June (either just before or immediately after head emergence). If harvested just as heads emerge with adequate fertiity and moisture, a second cutting is possible but is generally significantly less tonnage. LeeFee should not be harvested lower than 3-4 inches under any circumstance! Proper harvest height management and stage of maturity are critical for regrowth, along with temperature and moisture conditions after harvest.