2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Their Brome Grass Is Great For Northern Farms
The highly palatable brome can be used in a rotational pasture system or grown in combination with alfalfa for baled forage.
“Many customers in the Midwest and Canada like it because it’s deep-rooted, great in dry conditions, and very cold tolerant,” says Fred Fowler, Ampac Seeds assistant general manager. “It produces excellent quality and quantity. Often, it’s mixed with meadow fescue or orchard grass to make lush pasture.”
The long-lived, rapidly developing, leafy, and cool season grass spreads by short rhizomes, excelling on dryland and low-water soils. Yields of up to 5 tons per acre have been reported on the first cuttings.
Since the brome gets established slowly, it’s recommended plants aren’t grazed too early. To help eliminate damage, forage harvesting rather than grazing is suggested during the first year of growth.
For long plant life, the grass should be allowed to mature and produce seed periodically.
Fowler says customers should check the company’s website for nearby Ampac distributors and current seed prices.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ampac Seed Company, 32727 Hwy. 99E, P.O. Box #318, Tangent, Ore. 97389 (ph 541-928-1651; www.ampacseed.com).
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